FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Calif. Motor Officer Killed Escorting Officer's Funeral

May 26, 2011  | 

A Hawthorne (Calif.) Police motorcycle officer was killed during a crash Thursday in Torrance while the two escorted a funeral procession for a third officer who had died of cancer.

Hawthorne PD's Officer Andrew Garton, 44, was killed during the 12:34 p.m. accident and El Segundo Police Sgt. Rex Fowler was injured when the officers collided on Hawthorne Boulevard near 227th Street, Torrance PD's Sgt. Jeremiah Hart tells PoliceMag.com.

Officer Garton was thrown into oncoming traffic and collided with a vehicle traveling north on Hawthorne. Both officers were transported to Harbor General Hospital. Sgt. Fowler is in stable condition with a broken leg.

The officers were handling traffic control for the funeral procession of Manhattan Beach PD's Officer Mark Vazquez, who died May 15 of cancer.

Officer Garton was a member of the Hawthorne PD for more than seven years and a motor officer for more than four years. He leaves behind a wife and two sons. He is the first line-of-duty death for the department.

The California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is handling the traffic collision investigation.

By Paul Clinton

Tags: Duty Deaths, Officer Memorials, Police Escorts, Hawthorne (Calif.) PD, Torrance (Calif.) PD


Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Rick D @ 5/27/2011 9:59 AM

Sad story.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Ferguson Chief Asks Why No Guard Help During Monday Riot
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson is trying to find out why National Guard troops were not...
Gunman Shoots at Austin Buildings, Including Police HQ
A gunman opened fire at four different buildings, including APD headquarters, the Mexican...
Spirit of Blue Holiday Wreaths Available from Whitney Wreath
The Spirit of Blue Foundation has worked with Whitney Wreath to make available a blue...
2 FBI Agents Shot in Missouri
Two FBI agents were shot early Wednesday morning in north St. Louis County. This incident...
Man, 20, Dies Amid Ferguson Protests
Family members said Joshua's death is tied to the protests that consumed Ferguson after...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine