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Officer Saul Martinez | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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Saul Martinez

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Thursday, May 15, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 12555

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 5/8/1997

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Trial ended in mistrial

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Officer Martinez died after being unconscious since the early morning hours of May 8, 1997, after he was struck by a vehicle. Officer Martinez and his partner were walking back to their cruiser after stopping for a vehicle on the side of the road when a speeding car, which was driving on the shoulder, struck him. Just before it struck him he pushed his partner out of the way, saving his life. The misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter trial of the driver ended in a mistrial in 2000.
Officer Martinez had his organs donated for the benefit of others. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Martinez,
On today, the 17th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. Your last act was to push your partner out of the way of that vehicle-that says it all about the type of officer and person you are. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
May 15, 2014

 

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