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BHPD Officer Memorial

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours.

“…This is the time and this is the place to honor their memories, not so much how their service ended, but how they served, how they lived. Bend a knee and bow a head and remember them and those left behind.  Always remember...” -  Dave Eyman


Please visit the below links to learn more about the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the California State Officer Memorial.

http://www.nleomf.com/           http://www.camemorial.org



Officer Thomas E. Milett


Date Appointed: July 16, 1947     

End of Watch: June 16, 1953

Years of Service: 6 years                                                                                                        

Age: 28

Interred: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

Cause: Gunfire

*Veteran of 10 campaigns in the South Pacific

Cause of Death:  While on duty, Officer Milett was taking target practice at the police shooting range.  A second officer, who was cleaning a gun, had an accidental discharge of his weapon.  The bullet struck and killed Officer Milett.



Officer Francis X. Carver


Date Appointed: December 19, 1945         

End of Watch: November 18, 1948

Years of Service: 3 years

Age: 26

Interred: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.

Cause: Motorcycle Accident

Cause of Death Officer Carver was involved in a high speed pursuit of a traffic violator.  Officer Carver lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.  He died of his injuries at Santa Monica Hospital.




Officer Edmund W. Gardell



Date Appointed: August 15, 1934             

End of Watch: July 21, 1939

Years of Service: Nearly 5 years

Age: 31

Interred: Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, California.

Cause: Automobile Accident

Cause of Death: Officer Gardell was pursuing a traffic violator on Wilshire Boulevard.  He attempted to pass a car, but struck the vehicle.  He died of his injuries at California Lutheran Hospital.

Detective Sergeant Walter R. Grider


Date appointed: September 1, 1929

End of Watch: April 14, 1933

Years of Service: 4.5 years

Interred: Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.

Age: 35

Cause: Gunfire

Cause Of Death: Detective Grider attempted to arrest a burglar, but the suspect ran.  The detective fired warning shots and the suspect halted.  An armed citizen came to assist Detective Grider.   The suspect again broke and ran.  A bullet, fired by the citizen, accidently struck and killed Detective Grider.


 Officer Jesse E. Farr


Date Appointed: Unknown

End of Watch: April 9, 1925

Years of Service: Unknown

Interred: Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, California.

Age: 31

Cause: Motorcycle Accident

Cause of Death: While on patrol near the old Pacific Electric crossing, Officer Farr was struck by a drunk driver.  The drunk driver fled the scene, but was later arrested.  Officer Farr died of his injuries at Pacific Hospital.



Detective Gabriel A. Coyoca , Jr.



Date Appointed: December 19, 2005

End of Watch: December 23, 2013

Years of Service: 8

Interred:  Green Hills Memorial Park,  Rancho Palos Verdes,  California.


Cause: Chemical exposure

Cause of Death: Detective Coyoca was assigned within the Investigative Division of the Narcotic Unit and died as a result from exposure to carcinogenic chemicals while enforcing narcotic laws.




A special thanks to Officer Andrew Myers and Senior Forensic Specialist Clark Fogg for providing the information and photographs for this project.