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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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"El Protector", mi amigo! I just found you on this website, I remember our "coffee meet" just 2 days before you were taken from us. So many times we met or ran into each other on the streets of Coachella. You helped with translations, backed my butt and right from the time anyone met you, they knew and considered you to be their friend, no matter the color of your uniform or the badge they wore. We had such a warm and laugh-filled conversation at that coffee chat. When I went to my second job (weekend job at Sheriff's EVOC), someone asked me if I knew who you were and what had happened to you. I went cold and felt my knees weak. I am so sorry my friend, rest in peace and may your family have found the only peace in knowing you were an amazing person and were taken from us doing what you loved doing, you have impacted so many people with your character. I was lucky enough to visit and pay tribute to your name and memory at the memorial wall at the National LE Memorial in Washington DC. You have never left my thoughts amigo! TTFN, Neil

Sgt. Neil Slawson (former)
Coachella PD (now San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept)
March 31, 2014

 

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