VIDEO: DRBA Police firing range named after fallen officer
The Delaware River and Bay Authority Police dedicate a firing range to a fallen officer.
WDEL's Amy Cherry has the story.
"July 2, 1955 was a dreadful day for our family," says
That's the day Delaware Memorial Bridge Patrolman Harry Cloud was struck by a car and killed while on the job
His son Dennis Cloud remembers that dark day.
"It was a Saturday morning. My brother was eight, and I was six. We were watching "Superman" on television when two police officers appeared at our door. When she opened the door, all she could say was, 'No,' and then she collapsed," said Dennis Cloud.
Cloud was the first officer to ever die at the bridge, and that's why the force's firing range from the 1950s is now named in his honor.
Colonel Joseph Bryant, Jr. is the Delaware River and Bay Authority's (DRBA) Police Administrator.
"This ranger will serve as a regular reminder to all of us about this good and honorable man that gave his life while serving others," says Bryant.
Bryant says it's not how these officers died that made them heroes, it's how they lived. DRBA Commissioner James Hogan says he's proud the range will now bear a new name, the "Ptlm. Harry P. Cloud Memorial Police Range"
"To the Cloud family: you are part of us, you will always be part of us, and this is the least that we could do for you," says Hogan.
Copyright © Apr 17, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
Advanced permission from Delmarva Broadcasting Company required for publication or rebroadcast.