BPD Officer David Nelson laid to rest, remembered as a hero with a big heart

The funeral procession is led by Bakersfield Police motorcycle officers Wednesday for the funeral of Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson, at Forest Lawn.

Family, friends and hundreds of California peace officers remembered Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson as a cowboy with a big heart before laying him to rest Wednesday under pine and eucalyptus trees at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

The athletic 26-year-old died early Friday at Kern Medical Center from injuries suffered when he crashed his patrol car shortly before, during a pursuit in northeast Bakersfield.

Nelson was in the early stages of his career, having come to Bakersfield from Burbank Police Department where he'd been a cadet from 2008 to

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to start making plans for how you’ll celebrate America’s independence. If personal fireworks aren’t your thing, seven free community fireworks events will take place throughout Kern County Friday and Saturday. Shafter, Buttonwillow and Taft

Arnold Sandoval of Kern Sprinkler Landscaping sweeps decomposed granite into a new drought-tolerant plant installation outside Bakersfield’s City Hall North.

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