|Birth: ||Nov. 1, 1979|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2005, Iraq|
Marine wanted a chance to do his part
Bradley J. Harper traded his patrols of Virginia Beach in police blues for patrols in Iraq in camouflage gear.
“It’s two different worlds,” Harper said before he left.
“This is my chance to go, to do my part. The sooner you get over there, the sooner you get back.”
Harper, 25, of Dresden, Ohio, was killed Aug. 3 by a roadside bomb south of Haditha. He was based at Norfolk.
He studied criminal justice at Ohio University, then moved to Virginia Beach, Va., to become a police officer in January 2004.
“He was exactly what we wanted in an officer and a citizen,” said Harry McBrien, the recruiter for the Virginia Beach Police Department. “He was an all-around awesome guy and a real go-getter.”
When the academy staff “tried to stress him out a little bit,” he “just smiled” and kept going, McBrien said.
“What can I tell you about him?” asked Master Police Officer Rene Ball. “He was a stellar candidate” for the 750-member department, and he showed himself to be “an even better recruit.”
Harper is survived by his wife, Kendra.
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Record added: Aug 06, 2005
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** IN MEMORY OF A VETERAN ** ~+++ Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. +++~ Amen.|
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