SAN DIEGO – Escondido Police Officer Brett Byler was honored Tuesday with a funeral procession after he died this month after a nearly two-year battle with glioblastoma.
In February last year, Byler was found with a 5.5-centimeter-sized brain tumor that the department said had “grown and crossed the midline of his brain.” He underwent surgery within a few days to remove much of the tumor and continued to undergo chemotherapy for the parts of the tumor that remained.
In a statement Tuesday, the department said Byler, 32, “fought bravely” through several treatments and took as much time as he could with his family and loved ones.
Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso called Byler “an excellent police officer.”
“Brett will always be remembered for his love of police work and his phenomenal sense of humor,” Varso said. “In fact, during my last visit to Brett, he still enjoyed his time watching videos of car chases. Brett LOVED being a cop!”
Biographical information shared about Byler shows that he joined the department in January 2016 after starting his career with the San Diego Police Department. He also served in the Marines and had previously stopped working in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Varso said Byler became a member of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Unit in 2017 and was later selected to be the school resource officer in September 2019.
Byler is survived by his wife, Mariah, and three daughters, Brynlee, Barrett and Bellamy.
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