Sunday at around 11:00 a.m., near the intersection of Kendall Drive and University Parkway, 36-year veteran of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence “Larry” Falce, was involved in an off-duty automobile accident.
Authorities described the accident as minor but for reason that remain unclear, the off-duty officer was violently attacked on the scene. On Tuesday, Falce was pronounced dead after what was described as “a valiant battle to regain consciousness.”
According to a statement released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) the deputy, “contacted the party in the other car and was brutally attacked.”
Association officials noted Falce, at 70 years old, was the department’s oldest sworn member. “Larry was a hard-working, dedicated professional, who loved his job as a deputy sheriff,” SEBA President Sgt. Grant Ward said. “I worked with him and I can tell you his commitment to this profession was second to none. He was generous to all those he cared about and gave willingly from the bottom of his heart.”
SEBA officials also assured the community, as Falce fought for his life in the hospitalReleas he did not fight alone, “He had the full support of our association and the prayers of our 3,700 members.”
Ward shared how Falce had participated in the SEBA “Shop with a Cop” event on December 16, 2017, at the Fontana Walmart. “Even after 36 years on the department, Larry still dedicated himself to charity work and giving back to the community we serve.”
“Just a couple of weeks ago,” Ward added, I had a wonderful conversation with Larry while he took a child on a shopping spree. He was happy, joking and making this child feel absolutely special during their time together.”
Officials refused to identify the suspect, pending further investigation. Although there are still a number of unanswered questions. Ward stressed, “We have faith our colleagues at the San Bernardino Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation and the truth will be brought to light.”
He concluded, “We want to see justice done for our member, who did not deserve this violent attack.” Falce is survived by his sister, Marjorie, and his longtime companion, Deborah. Services are pending.