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Police Revolver Champion, Safey Expert Dies

April 7, 1988 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Jeanne Bray, five-time national women’s police revolver champion and a 28- year veteran of the Columbus police force, has died. She was 56.

Ms. Bray died at Riverside Hospital on Wednesday. She suffered complications from heart surgery six weeks ago. Ms. Bray was a homicide detective until December, when she went on sick leave.

In 1984, Ms. Bray was a nominee for the Outstanding American Handgunner Award. Considered an authority on personal protection, she traveled widely to lecture on the subject. She filmed a self-defense program for Dutch television and developed a slide show for baby sitters.

She won the National Women’s Police Combat Pistol Championship, sponsored by the National Rifle Association, in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967.

Ms. Bray is survived by a son, U.S. Navy Cmdr. James D. Bray of Washington, D.C.; and three sisters.

A Fraternal Order of Police service will be held Friday, and a funeral was scheduled SAturday.