- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - San Bernardino police are mourning a reserve officer who served the department for a half-century.

Officials say Richard Dewberry, who joined the force as a volunteer officer in 1965, died Wednesday from complications of Leukemia. He was 78.

Dewberry worked a variety of assignments including patrol, prisoner transport, traffic and investigations.

He was perhaps best known as a gun range master and firearms instructor.

Dewberry’s service was honored in February at City Hall, when he received a 50-year pin from Mayor Carey Davis and Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

The chief called Dewberry a San Bernardino treasure.

The Sun newspaper (https://bit.ly/1VOq6UG ) says Dewberry accumulated more than 38,000 volunteer hours.

Dewberry had a 32-year career with the 7-Up Bottling Company, where he worked in sales.

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Information from: The Sun, https://www.sbsun.com

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