U.S. Capitol Police Officer Dies While Shoveling Snow

Capitol Police Officer Vernon Alston; Photo: Alston family

Capitol Police Officer Vernon Alston; Photo: Alston family

A United States Capitol police officer died of an apparent heart attack over the weekend while shoveling snow at his home. 

44-year old Vernon Alston, a U.S. Capitol police officer since 1996, collapsed while shoveling snow in his driveway on Saturday. Alston was transported to Kent County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Well known around the Capitol grounds, Officer Alston’s death prompted several legislators to express their condolences to both the United States Capitol Police Department as well as Officer Alston’s family.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid said in a statement, “I'm saddened to learn that the U.S. Capitol Police has lost one of our own over the weekend as a result of the storm. For 20 years, Officer Vernon Alston was a fixture on the Capitol grounds while keeping the community safe. I am always grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of the Capitol Police force and Officer Alston was an exemplar of that. My thoughts are with Officer Alston's family during this difficult time.”

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell asked that everyone in congress “hold his family in our thoughts. He will be missed, but his service and dedication will no doubt be remembered by all who knew him."

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