Honors for 6 Fallen Fairfax County Officers

Officers remembered at service to mark National Police Week

Thursday, May 9, 2013  |  Updated 10:58 PM EDT
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Honors for 6 Fallen Fairfax County Officers

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Six Fairfax County Police officers who died in the line of duty were recognized Thursday for their sacrifice and service.

The police department held a memorial service at the Public Safety Rose Garden, located behind police headquarters at 4100 Chain Bridge Road.

There was a wreath-laying, and family members of the fallen officers placed a single rose at the foot of the memorial.

It was one of many gatherings leading up to National Police Week, which starts on Monday.

According to a Fairfax County police press release, the six officers who were remembered are:

  • Second Lieutenant Frank Stecco who died during a water rescue training exercise in the waters of Pohick Bay on Oct. 25, 2008.
  • Detective Vicky Armel and MPO Michael Garbarino, killed when a gunman opened fire at the Sully District Station on May 8, 2006.
  • Captain Tommy Bernal, killed when a vehicle struck his motorcycle during a training exercise June 28, 2001.
  • Special Officer Hendrick “Sandy” Gideonse, killed in a crash on Dec. 3, 1998, while working.
  • Officer Karen Bassford, killed in an automobile crash while responding to a burglary call on July 27, 1977.

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