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Funeral Set for Capitol Police Officer

Funeral services for a Capitol Police officer who died off duty after shoveling snow will be held Thursday in Dover, Del.  

Police said Officer Vernon J. Alston, 44, died at his home when he had a heart attack after shoveling snow as the region was dealt an historic storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in the Washington region.  

A viewing will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Crossroads Christian Church in Dover followed by a service at noon. Alston’s burial is planned for Friday with a location and time to be determined.  

On Capitol Hill, the Capitol Police Labor Committee set up a memorial at its office in the Longworth House Office Building that includes a photo and obituary of Alston, Officer Chris Ferguson said. Ferguson is the board’s second vice chairman.  

A GoFundMe account  base been set up to help Alston’s family and has raised nearly $8,000 as of Friday, according to its online page.  

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