|On August 7th 2007, the SF Police Dept along with the SFPOA held a dedication ceremony renaming the Taraval station community room. The room is now called the “Bryan Tuvera” community room. A beautiful memorial plaque with a memorial medallion now resides outside the community room. It was unveiled during this ceremony. To anyone who has the opportunity to stop by, please do so in his memory to see the plaque and view the memorial items inside. Although this is a wonderful tribute to a true hero, nothing in this world can ever replace him or fill his void. There is not a minute of any day that I am not thinking about him. And there is not a single day that I don’t cry for not just my loss, but for the loss we all have suffered. His absence is overwhelmingly felt by all. What a GREAT man he was (and still is in my heart). I love you Bryan and miss you more than life itself. I so much wish it could have been me.
Connected to Bryan’s memorial plaque is a memorial pda medallion. The station has the cables to connect a pda or computer to view his detailed memorial. Below is the memorial that is available for “on screen” viewing and printing to anyone who connects their pda or computer to the memorial medallion at the station. Here is Bryan’s story:
In Loving Memory of
Officer Bryan Tuvera #1941
Killed in the line of duty - December 23, 2006
“No greater love hath a man than he who lay down his life so that others may live”
On October 8, 1978, a hero was born. Bryan Tuvera, the son of Sandy and Benny Tuvera and brother to Tracee Tuvera, grew up in South San Francisco, CA. Upon his graduation from South San Francisco High School in 1996, Bryan pursued his interest in law enforcement. He attended San Francisco State University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2001. Bryan entered the San Francisco Police Department on July 1, 2002, as a member of the 205th Police Academy Class. Bryan served his field training at Southern Station, transferred to Park Station for his probation and later moved to Taraval Station for his permanent assignment. He worked side by side with his partner, Officer Joe Chang, striving to make the city a safe place for all to enjoy. Bryan served his department with distinction. He won the respect of his peers and his superiors. He was a dedicated and devoted officer who received countless citizen and captains’ commendations.
In March 2005, Bryan met the love of his life, his future wife, Salina. Salina became Bryan’s best friend. She was his most cherished treasure. The two of them shared wonderful memories and looked forward to a full and rewarding life together. Bryan’s happiest day was October 14, 2006, the day he said “I do” to Salina. No happier couple will ever be found. Although their life together was cut short, the love they shared far exceeded what most will experience in a lifetime. At the tender age of 28,
Bryan had accomplished so much in life but still had a lifetime of dreams ahead of him.
On December 22, 2006 officers spotted an escaped convict on the streets of the Taraval district and set up a search perimeter to capture the escapee. The suspect kicked down a residential outside garage utility door. Officer Tuvera was the first responding officer on the scene and the first to enter the garage, protecting the elderly residents inside. Bryan was shot by the escaped felon and succumbed to his injuries @ 12:01 am, December 23, 2006, exactly twelve years to the day of his own father’s death, a unique calling home for a “father and son” team assignment.
Bryan’s passion was his love of comic books. His favorite series was the super heroes, as they depicted everything he believed in, fighting for justice. His favorite character was Batman. Bryan will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and his sharp wit. He enjoyed playing practical jokes. Bryan was a kind and gentle man with a loving heart. He was a great friend to all. We were all blessed to have shared our lives with Bryan. He touched the hearts of everyone who knew him.
Bryan leaves behind his beautiful wife of two short months, Salina, a fellow S F police officer and their precious dog, Bosco. He is also survived by his mother Sandy, sister Tracee, in-laws Sandy and Lindsey Suslow, sister-in-law Andrea Labutan, his extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, the entire San Francisco Police department family, and an unbelievable number of friends.
Another “ANGEL IN BLUE” is now in heaven to watch and protect from above. Bryan made us proud every day. He will ALWAYS be OUR HERO.