San Francisco Police Department creates trust
for slain Officer Tuvera
San Francisco Police Officer Bryan Tuvera, RIP.
Photo courtesy SFPD Public Affairs
By Emmett Berg and Brent Begin, Bay City News
December 27, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Department
announced yesterday the creation of a trust fund in the name of
Bryan Tuvera, the 28-year-old officer shot to death on Dec. 23
while apprehending an escaped felon.
Donations to the fund, #1366523, can be made at the San Francisco
Police Credit Union, a San Francisco police officer said. Another
option for donations is to visit the department's public affairs
office on the second floor at 800 Bryant Street, the officer said.
Tuvera was married this year to another San Francisco police
officer, according to media reports.
No other details of the fund were immediately available.
St. Mary's Cathedral is preparing to play host to thousands of
mourners who will pay tribute to Officer Tuvera with a candlelight
vigil Thursday night and a service Friday morning
Tuvera's was the third San Francisco police officer to die in
the line of duty in eight months.
And while officers are quiet about the death of Tuvera early
Saturday, a spokesman with the Police Officers Association said
he speaks for the department when he expresses the sorrow that
"What can I say other than Bryan's loss is a devastation
to this department," said union Vice President Kevin Martin,
who knew both Officer 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.
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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