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05-27-11, 06:49 AM #1
Hawthorne Police Department Officer Andrew Garton
A Hawthorne police officer died Thursday and another officer was critically injured after a motorcycle collision during a funeral procession for an officer who had passed away from cancer.
Hawthorne police identified the deceased officer as Andrew Garton, 44, a seven-and-a-half-year veteran of the department. He was married with two children. He was also a Hawthorne Police SWAT officer, according to the department.
Hawthorne police said Garton was the first officer to die in the line of duty in the department's 89-year history. Police Chief Robert Fager said his death has affected every one of the department's 96 officers.
"The reality of what's happened is overwhelming," said Hawthorne Police Chief Robert Fager. "And the reality is unchartered territory for us as an organization."
"During the funeral procession, a motor officer from the Hawthorne Police Department and a motor officer from the El Segundo Police Department collided with each other," said Torrance Police Sgt. Jeremiah Hart.
The funeral procession was for Manhattan Beach Police Officer Mark Vasquez, who died of cancer. Garton had volunteered to take part in the funeral procession.
South Bay police tragedy: Hawthorne police officer killed in collision during funeral procession - latimes.com
El Segundo Police Sergeant Rex Fowler was seriously injured in the accident. First listed as critically injured he's been upgraded to stable with a broken leg and other unspecified injuries. May his recovery be full and swift.
Rest well, Officer Garton and Officer Vasquez
05-27-11, 07:17 AM #2
Very sad. Prayers for the family of Officer Garton.
And may Sergeant Fowler recover quickly from his injuries.http://www.odmp.org/officer/16551-de...l-eron-shannon
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05-27-11, 09:11 AM #3
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05-27-11, 12:54 PM #4
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05-27-11, 01:21 PM #5
Such a tragedy, he died not only serving, but honoring a brother officer.
RIP brother.Blessed are the the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. MATT 5:10
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Prayers for both officers and their families. This is very sad and for me, hits close to home. I lived in Manhattan Beach for 37 years and have friends that work for HPD and Torrance and have known several Manhattan Beach officers. There is no doubt to the statement that all of the South Bay agencies are a very close-knit bunch. Such a tragedy to rock several departments all at once...
05-27-11, 03:00 PM #7
Rest in peace.
05-28-11, 11:14 AM #8
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05-29-11, 08:02 PM #9
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Rest in peace , Ofc. Garton. Condolences to family , friends and colleagues.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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05-30-11, 01:39 PM #10
Rest In Peace my Brother. May God grant you eternal rest and may He also look over your family and grant them peace now, in their most extreme moment of sorrow.
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05-30-11, 02:05 PM #11
Rest in peace.
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