Santa Monica Police Officer Derek David Morton, of Valencia, was laid to rest after a valiant two-year battle with metastatic colon cancer. He was surrounded by love his whole life, and his family was by his side for his final journey.
Read more about Officer Derek David Morton at the Santa Monica Mirror
Officer Ricardo Crocker was a 10 year veteran of the SMPD and a Marine Corps Reserve Major. Officer Crocker was killed by a rocket propelled grenade while on tour and in service to his country in Iraq in 2005. His memory has been memorialized by dedicating the Santa Monica portion of the 10 freeway in his honor.
Read more about Officer Crocker at SurfSantaMonica.com
Officer Kato lost his life to a long battle with cancer. He was an Army veteran and served the city of Santa Monica for 13 years with assignments in patrol, motors, mounted unit, vice, 3rd St Bikes, and PAL.
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Officer William Davidson was killed in a motorcycle accident while on a night-time patrol driving one of the departments three-wheeled motorcycles.
Officer Davidson had been with the agency for three years.
Sergeant Ronald Wise was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man for child abuse.
A patrol officer responded to a residence on Fourth Street to investigate a report of child abuse. When he arrived, he found a badly bruised and semi-conscious child. The officer requested that Sergeant Wise respond to the scene to assist in the arrest of the belligerent suspect. When Sergeant Wise arrived, the suspect shot him twice in the stomach. Other officers at the scene returned fire, and the suspect was eventually arrested following a short gun battle.
Sergeant Wise was taken to Santa Monica Hospital where he died the next day from his wounds.
The suspect was convicted of second degree murder, and served only seven years in prison. Following his release from prison he committed a second murder. He was returned to prison where he died while awaiting sentencing for the second murder.
Sergeant Wise had served with the agency for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Officer David Kohler was killed in a motorcycle accident when a car pulled out in front of him while he was on patrol.
Officer Kohler had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.
Sergeant Morton and Special Police Officer Frederick Porter were killed in an aircraft accident while en route to Long Beach to offer assistance to victims of a recent earthquake. The Chief of Police had also requested that they check on Santa Monica residents who were working at a Long Beach dredging company. As the plane took off in foggy conditions it suddenly struck the ground and burst into flames.
Sergeant Morton had been with the agency for 11 years.
Officer Porter and Sergeant Rolland Morton were killed in an aircraft accident while en route to Long Beach to offer assistance to victims of a recent earthquake. The Chief of Police had also requested that they check on Santa Monica residents who were working at a Long Beach dredging company. As the plane took off in foggy conditions it suddenly struck the ground and burst into flames.
Officer William Blackett was killed when his motorcycle crashed into an automobile ahead of him as it was turning a corner.
Officer Blackett, along with another motorcycle patrolman, were pursuing a speeder on Pico near 23rd Street when the accident occurred. Another car passed between the speeder and police, according to Chief Webb, and Officer Blackett collided with the other vehicle.
Officer Blackett had served with the agency for four years.