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Calif. Officer Killed In Crash Had Earned Purple Heart

March 20, 2011  | 


Officer Jermaine Gibson. Photo via Cathedral City PD.

Cathedral City (Calif.) Police Officer Jermaine Gibson, who was killed late Friday when his cruiser struck a palm tree and burst into flames, was a former Marine who earned the Purple Heart.

Officer Gibson, 29, was killed in the accident in Palm Springs. He had a 4-week-old boy. He had served two tours in the Iraq War.

He was chasing a stolen Ford Mustang that also crashed and caught fire.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Tags: Awards and Honors, Police Vehicle Accidents, Vehicle Pursuits, Duty Deaths


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Tom @ 3/21/2011 6:39 PM

You do not "win" a Purple Heart ... it is awarded to individuals wounded in combat. Officer Gibson earned the Purple Heart he didn't win it! May he rest in peace.

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