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Sergeant George Leon Garrett, Jr. | Redwood City Police Department, California Redwood City Police Department, California

Sergeant

George Leon Garrett, Jr.

Redwood City Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, May 8, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 5

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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Sergeant George Garrett was shot and killed during a bank robbery.

A silent alarm was activated by one of the tellers after two suspects entered a Bank of America and threatened to detonate a bomb. Four plain clothes officers arrived to the scene within three minutes. Sergeant Garrett, who was not in uniform, entered first and approached the bank manager and identified himself as an officer. It was unknown to the officer that one of the suspects, who was dressed in a suit and tie, was standing next to the bank manager. Shots immediately rang out and Sergeant Garrett was fatally wounded.

Officers returned fire killing one of the suspects, and one of the other plain clothes officers was wounded when he was mistaken for one of the suspects by patrol officers who had also responded to the scene.

Sergeant Garrett had been employed with the Redwood City Police Department for ten years and is the only officer killed in the line of duty in the department's history; he is survived by his wife and daughter (born after his death). He is buried in Skyline Memorial Park and in 1981 city officials dedicated the George L. Garrett Junior Memorial Park in his honor.

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To the family of Sgt. George Garrett - thank you so much for his service and his sacrifice. He was my dad's best friend. My dad has passed too, now, but I remember the two of them howling with laughter as he carried my handicapped father down the tarmac and onto the plane every time we flew out of SFO. My dad was deathly afraid of flying so he always had a little "too much" before our flight, and his buddy George was the only way he was able to make it onto the plane. Sgt. Garrett let me sit in the police cars as a small child and he would tell my parents if he ever had a girl, he hoped she would be like me...I am sorry he never got to meet his daughter.

Nikki Mandich
Best Friend's daughter
September 22, 2017

 

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