03/27/2012 12:40 PM by Shelby Rhodes
Rob Bryn, former San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Public Information Officer and Criminal Prevention Specialist, died earlier this month from cardiac arrest, due to coronary artery disease, according… Click to Read More and see additional updates
03/27/2012 12:40 PM by Shelby Rhodes
Rob Bryn, former San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Public Information Officer and Criminal Prevention Specialist, died earlier this month from cardiac arrest, due to coronary artery disease, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Bryn, 61, was found dead at his home on March 1. Bryn served as the spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department for several years. His career with law enforcement, however, started decades before.
Bryn was laid to rest on March 10 with full law enforcement honors. Agencies from across the Central Coast, and close to 1,000 people shared their love and respect for him at the service.
Bryn is survived by his wife, Beverly, and his two daughters, Jennifer and Deanna.
03/05/2012 02:06 PM by Courtney Meznarich
A traditional law enforcement funeral will be held Saturday, March 10 for Rob Bryn, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department spokesperson who died Thursday.
The funeral will include a vehicle procession, honor guard and bag pipes, befitting of Bryn's former position as a peace officer, the sheriff's department says.
The ceremony will be held at the Church of the Nazarene in San Luis Obispo, located at 3396 Johnson Avenue, at 10:00a.m.
The service is public, and a reception for family and friends will follow.
Bryn was found dead in his home Thursday, and he reportedly died of natural causes. He was 61 years old. Bryn was the public information officer and crime prevention specialist for the sheriff's department.
03/02/2012 04:27 PM by Shelby Rhodes
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department walks with heavy hearts, one day after the death of Rob Bryn.
The 61-year-old was the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Department. He was found dead at his home Thursday. Deputies went to check on him after he didn't show up to work.
A moment of silence was held Friday at the first performance of the fashion show at Madonna Inn. It was an especially tough role for Sheriff Ian Parkinson, who is one of the main acts. The Sheriff said he knew he couldn't back out of the fashion show last minute, because Bryn would not approve.
"We've done our first show and I was thinking about it last night a little bit and for one, I would never back out on this group, it's too good of a cause for the Women's Shelter. And second, if I backed down, Rob would be up there very angry with me." said Sheriff Parkinson.
Sheriff Parkinson said Bryn loved three things, in the following order: His daughters, the Sheriff's Department and the Republican party.
03/01/2012 07:33 PM by Ariel Wesler
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Rob Bryn, 61, was found dead at his home just before 11 a.m. Thursday. Bryn was the agency's Public Information Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist.
Deputies went to check on him after he didn't show up to work. Officials say Bryn appeared to die of natural causes.
He was the department's right hand man for information, but he was also a dear friend. He meant so much to so many of us at KSBY News and in the local media. He was a reporter's dream, a guy you could call at all hours of the night with questions and he will be greatly missed.
Bryn constantly connected us with information so we could pass it on to you. He was the spokesperson for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department since 2007 and appeared often on our airwaves.
"Normally, Rob's able to tell me exactly who's coming, prepare what I'm going to say, so even though it's not Rob, I decided to bring rob with us," said Sheriff Ian Parkinson during a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Bryn began his career locally with the Morro Bay Police Department from 1982-1986 and served with the San Luis Obispo Police Department from 1986-2005.
Representing the sheriff's department was no easy task, but somehow Bryn always seemed to find the lighter side.
"He was my constant source of entertainment," Parkinson said.
And ours too, even during a routine microphone check for an interview I did with him Wednesday. It would be our last.
"We're with Ariel, the wonderful Wesler as opposed to the other Weslers you can't trust," Bryn said with a laugh.
But we trusted him for years and the information he gave with a smile.
"These are pretty big shoes to fill," Parkinson said. He understood the value in humor."
Bryn was not shy about his political affiliation. Parkinson said the man loved three things in this order: His two daughters, the sheriff's department and the Republican Party.
Bryn worked closely with local Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who released this statement Thursday.
"I was shocked to learn of Rob's passing today. He was a close friend who I have been honored to know for over 25 years. He embodied the very spirit of our community; he was passionate, caring and selfless, and will be greatly missed in our community. My thoughts and prayers are with Rob's family and loved ones as we all mourn this tragic and unexpected loss."
Morro Bay Police Chief Tim Olivas says Bryn was one of his field training officers when Olivas started his law enforcement career in Morro Bay in the 1980s. He shared his thoughts with KSBY News.
"I considered Rob to be a close friend and mentor. I am deeply saddened by his loss and will miss his friendship dearly, as I know many in this county will. To know Rob was to love Rob. My sincere condolences to his immediate family and to his extensive law enforcement family."
No funeral plans have been set yet.
03/01/2012 01:42 PM by Courtney Meznarich
In a release to media Thursday, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner Ian Parkinson said spokesman Rob Bryn's death appears to be natural.
Parkinson says Bryn did not show up for work Thursday, and deputies were sent to check on him. Bryn was found dead at his home just before 11:00a.m.
Bryn started his career with the Morro Bay Police Department back in 1982, where he stayed until 1986. He then went to work as a public information officer for the San Luis Obispo Police Department, where he stayed until 2005. He took the Crime Prevention Specialist/ Public Information Officer position at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department in 2007.
"He was involved in many aspects of public service throughout San Luis Obispo County, and also served many through his private life activities," Sheriff Parkinson said in a statement. "Rob will be greatly missed."
For more on this story, be sure to watch KSBY News tonight.
03/01/2012 01:00 PM by Shelby Rhodes
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer, Rob Bryn, has passed away, according to a Sheriff's Dept. official.
Bryn was formerly the PIO for the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
Bryn spoke with KSBY News for an interview just Wednesday afternoon. He leaves behind two children.
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