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Memorial service set for Grant County deputy

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says an autopsy shows that a deputy died as a result of severe head trauma from a one-car crash.

Deputy John Bernard was not on his way to an emergency and he was wearing a seat belt when his patrol car left a road nine miles south of Ephrata and rolled Sunday evening. He died at the scene.

Undersheriff John Turley announced the autopsy results Wednesday.

The department also announced plans for a memorial service for Bernard at noon Monday at the Big Bend Community College gymnasium in Moses Lake. The service will be open to the public.

Immediately following the service, uniform personnel will accompany Bernard’s family to Ephrata for a private graveside service.



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