|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1956|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 2008|
July 2, 2008 Fresno beat cop had passion for police work
Fresno Bee, The (CA) - Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Author: Jim Steinberg The Fresno Bee
Policing came early with enthusiasm to Ronald D. Bridges in Fresno , beginning with volunteer work as a 12-year-old Turner Elementary School crossing guard, said his brother, Capt. Dennis Bridges of the Fresno Police Department. Law enforcement was a shared family value, said Mr. Bridges' son, Matt.
Mr. Bridges, 51, who was serving in his 23rd year with the Fresno Police Department, died suddenly and peacefully June 25 in his home, Matt Bridges said. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., and moved as a baby to Fresno . He graduated from McLane High School , then attended Fresno City College. Dennis Bridges recalled his older brother serving as an Explorer Scout at McLane.
Mr. Bridges knew already that he wanted a law enforcement career, and it was work he always enjoyed. "My gosh, yes," Matt Bridges said. "His work was his life, all his life." Mr. Bridges worked briefly with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department, but returned as he had intended to Fresno to work in its Police Department in 1986. His mother, Louise, had worked there in the 1960s, and his father, Elvin, had made it his practice to keep a home scanner tuned to any police action. Dennis Bridges rose to captain, but Mr. Bridges preferred work on the beat. "He chose not to move up the ranks," said his wife, Laurie.
"He just had a passion. He worked the Tower District, and merchants knew him by name." And he them. Mr. Bridges was named Fresno Police Officers Association Officer of the Year in 2004. He was a favorite of colleagues who dubbed him "Worker Bee." Away from his beat, Mr. Bridges enjoyed going to casinos with his wife, and he would tell her, "We do better together." He loved country music: Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, vinyl records better than CDs and the original country better than glitzier newcomers.
Laurie Bridges said the family never knew how any day's work had gone, good or bad, on her husband's shift. "He would walk in the door, feed the dog a treat and give me a kiss," she said. In that order, and that was fine. Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Northside Christian Church.
Louise Allen Bridges (1930 - 2014)
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Nov 07, 2011
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