David Nelson

Bakersfield police officer David Nelson died in a June 2015 car crash while pursuing a fleeing subject.

Bakersfield Police Department

Services will be held in Glendale on Tuesday and Wednesday for Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson, who died in a vehicle crash Friday while on duty.

Nelson’s brother Erik Nelson released a statement from the family Saturday thanking Bakersfield for the support, thanks and sorrow that has been poured out in the past day.

“Bakersfield Police Officer David Nelson, 26, was killed in the Line of Duty early (Friday) morning,” Erik Nelson wrote. “Our family is deeply saddened by this loss and words cannot begin to express the grief his passing has placed on all of our hearts. We are deeply moved and thank everyone for the outpouring of support, messages, and love.”

Bakersfield Police Department Sgt. Joe Grubbs said a viewing for Nelson will be held at Forest Lawn Glendale from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and a chapel and graveside service at Forest Lawn will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A memorial service in Bakersfield will be held during the week of July 6, Grubbs said. Details of that community memorial service will be released later.

Nelson’s family urged the people of Bakersfield to remember David Nelson and everyone who serves in a public safety uniform.

“Please continue to remember and honor Officer Nelson and all those men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line each day protecting the communities that they love.

“We are all so proud of David and will forever respect and distinguish him as an individual that gave the ultimate sacrifice in trying to make this world a better place for all,” Erik Nelson wrote.

The BPD has set up a phone line at (661) 852-7021 for anyone who wants to share their feelings, thoughts and prayers.

Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department said Saturday evening that they had not yet been able to track down the suspect or vehicle involved in Friday’s fatal pursuit.

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