U.S. Capitol Police officer dies shoveling snow
A veteran U.S. Capitol Police officer and known to many on Capital Hill died Saturday from a heart attack while shoveling snow outside of his home.
Officer Vernon J. Alston, age 44, had spent two decades patrolling the Capitol grounds. He was known as a humble officer that did his job with pride.
According to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “For twenty years Officer Vernon Alston was a fixture on the Capitol grounds while keeping the community safe,”
Speaker Paul D. Ryan stated that “During his 20 years in the force, Officer Alston set an example of devotion and professionalism that we should all strive to follow,”
Alston reportedly was helping neighbors shoveling snow when he came back into his house and died just after noon on Saturday.
On behalf of Law Officer, we join the Alston Family, U.S. Capital Police and the entire community in mourning the death of Officer Vernon Alston.