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Police Officer Gary Dean Moss | Hermosa Beach Police Department, California Hermosa Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer

Gary Dean Moss

Hermosa Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, June 24, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # 095

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Gary Moss was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver while he and his partner attempted to stop two speeding motorcycles.

The driver was charged with felony drunk driving.

Officer Moss had been employed with the Hermosa Beach Police Department for 15 months, and is survived by his parents and two brothers.

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35 years ago, working with my best friend and partner, Gary Dean Moss. 20 minutes before the end of our shift. 20 minutes before we would be on our way to see our girlfriends. Grateful for making it safely through another day of police work. Not knowing how violently and quickly life would end for Gary and life would change for me.
Officer Gary Dean Moss was killed in the line of duty while protecting the citizens of our city that night. I watched him die in the street, unable to do anything for him due to our injuries at the hands of a petty drug dealer out on bail.
So many people courageously and valiantly did everything they could to save Gary’s life and help me. I will forever be grateful to Paul Burch, Phil Keenan, Mike Higashi, Mike Kaye, Fred Schumacher and so many others, from the police officers, paramedics, ambulance crews, ER nurses, doctors and surgeons all pulling together to save our lives. They saved me, there was nothing they could do for Gary.
From the ER through the surgeries, rehabilitation, more surgeries, more physical therapy, more surgery, more PT and finally back on the job after three years from that day, Carol Glover was there. I could never in any lifetime repay her for that. And, I will never forget Gary.

Sgt. Paul Wolcott (Retired)
Hermosa Beach PD
June 26, 2017


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