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Officer Brett James Oswald | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Brett James Oswald

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 13164

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Officer Brett Oswald was killed when he was struck by a vehicle at the scene of an abandoned vehicle.

He responded to a report that a vehicle had hit a tree on South River Road in Paso Robles. After investigating, Officer Oswald determined that no accident had occurred and that the vehicle was abandoned. He called for a tow truck and was waiting next to his patrol car, when a passing vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and struck the patrol car. The force of the impact pushed the patrol car into him.

Officer Oswald was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The suspect was arrested and charged with felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and driving with a suspended license, and was found guilty of second degree murder and faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Officer Oswald had served with the agency for 20 years and is survived by his wife.

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It is hard to believe we lost you nearly four years ago, Brett. I am thankful for your humor, generosity and the lessons I am still learning about how to live by the way you lived and how you loved others. You are truly missed, but the things you did that made you so special live on. I think of you every time I make a pot of coffee (you really did learn how to make the best pot) and it is bittersweet every time I make the turn off of South River Road on my way home, knowing you made the ultimate sacrifice just down the road. Rest in peace, my brother...

Sergeant Tim Neumann
Templeton CHP
March 16, 2014


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