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Police, friends, family honor fallen BPD Officer Nelson

4th Annual David Nelson End of Watch Workout
Posted at 12:01 PM, Jun 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-23 15:01:02-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Over 100 Bakersfield Police officers, friends and family worked out to honor fallen BPD officer David Nelson.

Four years ago this week, Officer Nelson died when his car crashed on Panorama Drive and Alfred Harrell Highway near Bakersfield College. Officer Nelson was chasing a suspect in a high-speed pursuit when he crashed.

Sunday was the Fourth Annual David Nelson End of Watch Workout to honor Officer Nelson and raise money for his scholarship fund. Bakersfield Police and the Nelson family hosted the event at Garces Memorial High School.

The workout used Officer Nelson's badge number as a guideline to the workout. His badge number was 1191, and the workout consisted of a 1 mile run, reverse pyramid sets of squats, push-ups and sit-ups starting at 19 working down to 1, and then ending with 19 laps in the pool.

Participants received a shirt, water and breakfast burrito upon completion of the event. This year they competed individually and in teams.

Officer Nelson's oldest brother, Erik, said they plan to continue to host the David Nelson End of Watch Workout next year and encourages everyone to come out and support Bakersfield Police.