Remembering Officer Javier Bejar

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Reedley Police Chief Steve Wright said, "You've worn your burdens well, come walk with me in heaven, you've done your time in hell. Corporal Bejar from your explorers and the rest of our department, we're all present and accounted for and ready for inspection."

Several close friends and colleagues shared stories remembering funny moments they had with Bejar. They also reminded his widow, Miriam -- they will remain by her side for as long as she needs.

Reedley Police Officer Clinton Horne said, "I know when you and I spoke at the hospital, you told me that he left you all alone. That's not true. The type of person he was he left you with the love and support of his family, the community and the police department."

Bejar's work ethic and dedication on the job paid off in 2008, when he was named officer of the year.

The procession for /*Javier Bejar*/ traveled miles from Fresno to his hometown of Reedley. Highway 99 South was closed for more than an hour while the procession passed and turned onto to Manning Avenue.

In Reedley thousands of residents lined Reed Street across from the cemetery hours before the procession arrived. When it did ... the only sound to be heard were the hundreds of cars representing law enforcement officers from across the state.

For some of these uniformed men and women ... it was the second tribute in a week for one of their own. Many attended the services last week for Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy Joel Wahlenmeier.

Hundreds of colleagues also gathered at the Reedley cemetery for Officer Javier Bejar's burial. Bejar received military honors, including a rifle salute and a marine honor guard.

His family is getting a lot of support from his fellow law enforcement officers from all over the state.

Bob Schiller Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department said, "Even though we're from out of the area, we certainly come to pay our respects to the people here locally as well as to the officer's family."

The Reedley Police Department did a final logoff for Bejar, relieving him of duty and saying his next assignment is to patrol heaven.

Memorial accounts have been set up for the families of Officer Javier Bejar and Deputy /*Joel Wahlenmaier*/.

Those wishing to help the Bejar family can go to any Chase Bank branch to make a donation to the "Javier Bejar Support Fund." There is no account number needed.

Those wishing to donate to the Wahlenmaier family can send donations care of the Fresno Deputy Sheriff's Association at 1360 Van Ness Avenue in Fresno.

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