- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 23, 2008

DALLAS — A city police officer in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s motorcade died yesterday after losing control of his motorcycle.

Senior Corporal Victor Lozada Tirado, a 20-year veteran of the force, was riding in the rear of the motorcade when he hit a concrete barrier within miles of the first campaign stop. He died en route to the hospital.

The New York Democrat, after learning of the officer’s death, cut short her presidential campaign schedule and met with the family at the hospital.

“This is just heart-wrenching for me, for all of us,” a visibly shaken Mrs. Clinton said.

She called the officer’s death a great loss for the city of Dallas and its residents.

Mrs. Clinton greeted a sizable crowd later in Fort Worth, Texas, to inform them the rally would be cancelled.

“I think it is self-evident how much I appreciate your coming, how grateful I am to you, how important it is that every single day we not only think about those who serve us, and all the ways we are served, but that we express that appreciation to those who take care of making our communities safe, caring for the sick, teaching our children, doing the public service that is really at the core of who we are as Americans …,” she said.

Cpl. Lozada joined the Dallas police force in December 1988. He was married and had four children, two boys and two girls.

In August 2006, an Albuquerque, N.M., police officer in President Bush’s motorcade died in a motorcycle crash. Germaine Casey, 40, died on Aug. 27 when he crashed as Mr. Bush returned to the airport after a fundraiser for Sen. Pete Domenici, New Mexico Republican.

In November 2006, Honolulu police Officer Steve Favela died when he and two other motorcycle officers crashed while part of a presidential motorcade.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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