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Miss Fitzgerald said the gate at Sully only was manually operational May
8 and was completely replaced May 12. "County staff has worked with vendors to
address problems with the front gate at the Sully police station," she said.
County officials have since put in place a preventive maintenance program
for gates at all police departments to make sure they are "working efficiently
and effectively," Miss Fitzgerald said.
Officer Thielen said the union is considering legal action.
Police said Officer Garbarino was preparing to go off-duty and was not
wearing his uniform or a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting. He was in
an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria when Kennedy shot him five times.
The death stunned many in the police department, which had only publicly
identified Officer Garbarino on Tuesday to announce the establishment of a
family trust fund. Officer Garbarino's condition was listed as critical but
police had said that he was "showing signs of improvement."
Dr. Kevin Dwyer, co-chief of trauma services at Inova Fairfax Hospital, said
that Officer Garbarino had shown signs of movement and flickered his eyes but
that his condition worsened Tuesday.
"Somewhere in the middle of the afternoon, things took a turn for the
worse," Dr. Dwyer said. "Rather suddenly, all his systems began to fail."
Dr. Dwyer said Officer Garbarino was admitted in "extreme shock," adding
that 95 percent of patients would not survive the first 48 hours.
Yesterday afternoon, more than half a dozen Fairfax County police officers
parked their motorcycles at the entrance to the cul de sac where the Garbarino
family home is located in Centreville and stopped vehicles as they approached.
Several more officers could be seen outside the family's house. Police ordered a
reporter from The Times to leave the street.
Outside the Sully police station, authorities turned a police cruiser into a
makeshift memorial for Officer Garbarino. Police closed the right lane of
Stonecroft Boulevard in front of the station so that mourners could stop their
cars and leave condolences. The cruiser quickly became covered with flowers.
Friends and colleagues of Officer Garbarino, who helped found the police
union and was an active member since 1990, said he was a devout Catholic, the
"heart and soul" of his squad and an officer sought out by his superiors for
"He was top-notch, smart, quick on his feet ... he never demeaned anybody,"
said Master Police Officer Ron Dean, who worked with Officer Garbarino for eight
years at the McLean District Station. "That's not to say he wasn't tough. If it
needed to be dished out, he would dish it out. [But] if someone needed a hand,
it was there."
Sen. Kenneth Thomas Cuccinelli II, Fairfax County Republican, got to know
Officer Garbarino when they went door to door campaigning and when the officer
talked the state senator into going on a police ride-along with him last summer.
"He had a very proactive approach," Mr. Cuccinelli said yesterday. "Before
waiting for something to rise to the level of criminal activity he'd go knock on
the door and speak to the mother of the person of concern."
Mr. Cuccinelli said that Officer Garbarino was married and had two
daughters, ages 10 and 13, and that he was eligible for retirement at 25 years
Contributions can be made to the Garbarino Family Trust Fund, c/o Fairfax
County Federal Credit Union, 4201 Members Way, Fairfax, Va. 22030.