Officer Leo Roy Darst

Officer Leo Roy Darst

Huntington Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 13, 1928

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Leo Roy Darst

Officer Leo Darst was killed in an automobile accident on Main Street, near Farquhar Park, while driving to a report of a traffic accident in rainy weather.

As the Officer Darst's partner applied the brakes the vehicle swerved across the street due to the wet roadway and struck an oncoming vehicle. Officer Darst was knocked unconscious and succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Officer Darst had served with the Huntington Beach Police Department for less then one week. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 1 week
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Friday, October 12, 1928

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Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world. On this 93rd anniversary of your loss to your community, you should know you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace. Your death falls on my mother's 1st birthday. She would be 94 today.

Tim Gilpin
SMSgt, USAF (Ret)
USAF Security Police

October 13, 2021

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