On Sunday, January 3, 2010, at about 7:20
p.m., Grant County Sheriff's Deputy John Bernard was killed
in a vehicle collision
while on routine patrol about 10 miles south of Ephrata.
Over the course of the week that followed,
John's family and the Grant County Sheriff's Office were
helped by citizens and
emergency response agencies from Grant County, across
Washington, the U.S. and Canada. Huge support was received
John's funeral. Law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs,
the Behind the Badge Foundation and
Big Bend Community College worked as a team to honor John's
life and his family.
We will always remember John, John's
family, and everybody who supported his family and the GCSO.
a slideshow and photos of John's funeral, held
Monday, January 11, 2010 at Big Bend Community College in
May 2, 2012 - The Grant
County Sheriff's Office unveiled and dedicated
the Fallen Officers Memorial in the lobby of the
Law and Justice Building in Ephrata. The granite
memorial bears cast bronze plaques, one of which
is in memory of Deputy John Bernard.
Click on the image for a
April 22, 2011 --
Columbia Basin Foundation Manager Donn Cook
presents Sheriff Tom Jones and Deputy Kyle Cox
with a check for $4500. The donation will help
offset the costs of Sheriff Jones and Honor
Guard members Cox and Darrik Gregg to escort
Deputy John Bernard's family to the National Law