San Francisco to mourn loss of fallen officer
San Francisco Police Officer Bryan Tuvera, RIP.
Photo courtesy SFPD Public Affairs
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
December 26, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - For the second time this year, St.
Mary's Cathedral is preparing to host thousands of mourners who
will pay tribute to a fallen San Francisco police officer.
With a candlelight vigil Thursday night and a service Friday
morning, officers within the department and from around the Bay
Area hope to bring closure after the death of the third San Francisco
police officer in the line of duty in eight months.
And while officers are quiet today about the death of 28-year-old
Officer Bryan Tuvera early Saturday, a spokesman with the Police
Officers Association said he speaks for the department when he
expresses the sorrow that everybody feels.
"What can I say other than Bryan's loss is a devastation
to this department," said union Vice President Kevin Martin,
who knew both Bryan Tuvera and his father Bennie, who worked as
a police dispatcher in San Francisco.
"I knew Bryan when he first broke into the department,"
Martin said. "He served with a distinguished serenity. He
was very quiet, very gentle. He didn't have to prove himself by
putting on a tough guy image."
Tuvera died at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, exactly 10 years to the minute
after his father died.
He was attempting to arrest Marlon Ruff, 33, who had escaped
from a Northern California state correctional work camp on Feb.
27, 2005, according to Bill Sessa with California Corrections
"It's rare that an escapee does not get caught," Sessa
said. "It's really unfortunate that this escapee wasn't caught
before this weekend."
Ruff died inside the Sunset District garage where the shootout
occurred. Police have not released any details as to who shot
Ruff or the name of Tuvera's partner who was with him at the time.
Officers were shocked by the news, according to Martin, especially
in the Taraval station where Tuvera worked.
Today, however, officers are putting aside those feelings and
getting back to work.
"We don't shut down. We just keep serving the people of
San Francisco," Martin said. "This just underlines the
perils if serving on the force. Sometimes you never know if you're
Both the candlelight vigil, scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m.,
and the memorial service, scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m., are
to be held at St. Mary's Cathedral at 1111 Gough St.
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