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Deputy Kent Hintergardt | Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy

Kent Hintergardt

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, May 9, 1993
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Reflections for Deputy Kent Hintergardt

 

I took that 911 call that sent Deputy Hintergardt to that call on that day. I felt so guilty for many years thinking maybe if I had asked 1 more question things would of been different. To this day I sometimes still wonder. I'm recently retired from the department and he's still in my nightly prayers as are many other deputies we've lost. RIP Sir.

Starla Pavia
Sr. 911 Dispatcher (Retired)
May 11, 2017

I used to work with Kent as Vons in Moreno Valley. He was so nice to everyone. The kind of co-worker that everyone wanted to work with. Loyal, funny, honest and a one of a kind. I'm grateful for all the long conversations we had chillin in the parking lot after work. His advice always made sense. He lead by example and although it was sad to see him quit the store it was good to watch him follow his dream. God took a good one that night. Gone but never forgotten.

Kim Figueroa
Vons co-worker
May 9, 2017

I too worked with kent at the vons Pavillion in Moreno valley. Kent was a key carrier and I worked in produce. We all had a lot of fun working at the store. He was a nice guy who grew up into a fine man who wanted to help people and make the world safer.

Starla
Past Co worker
January 16, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.

Thank you for your heroism.

God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
May 9, 2015

Kent,
Leo Bell and I were both talking tonight about your death and the last time we talked to you, which was at the Southwest Station the day before you were killed.. We both worked for RSO at the time and were in aviation. You and I worked together at the Lake Elsinore station before it split with Temecula. Tonight a San Bernardino deputy was killed, and last week a Riverside PD officer, both by the same suspect. Very tragic, and your name came up. I always think of you when I drive through Temecula. You died way too young. It makes me smile to know your kids are doing ok, but they still needed (and need) their dad. Rest in peace pal.

Officer Bob Nibecker
Riverside PD, California (Retired)
February 13, 2013

I'm the person who called 911 that night. My wife, 2 young sons and myself lived below the apartment where the woman was murdered. I met Officer Hintergardt as he arrived and told him what had taken place upstairs. Then the suspect was walking down the other walkway, leaving, and Officer Hintergardt asked me if that was him? I said yes and he told me to leave the area and he would handle it from there. I stayed behind the pool house as he talked to the man. Then I heard the radio in his car and thats when I heard a click and a shot a second later. I came from around the pool house and I didn't see Officer Hintergardtat at first. I just saw the suspect look at me. At that very moment the back-up car was coming around the complex road and he ran towards his car.
My wife and I held Officer Hintergardt until other units and paramedics arrived.
I blamed myself for years for ever calling 911. But as I've grown older, I know now that what life I have, what freedom and protection people have are because of great men like Officer Hintergardt. Men who understand the risk and sacrifice so much so that we can live in a better community. We don't celebrate Mothers day in our home for obvious reasons. We choose to that day to remember Officer Hintergardt and the ones he left behind. God bless them.

Carlton Wade
Family that will never forget....
September 2, 2012

I'm the person who called 911 that night. My wife, 2 young sons and myself lived below the apartment where the woman was murdered. I met Officer Hintergardt as he arrived and told him what had taken place upstairs. Then the suspect was walking down the other walkway, leaving, and Officer Hintergardt asked me if that was him? I said yes and he told me to leave the area and he would handle it from there. I stayed behind the pool house as he talked to the man. Then I heard the radio in his car and thats when I heard a click and a shot a second later. I came from around the pool house and I didn't see Officer Hintergardtat at first. I just saw the suspect look at me. At that very moment the back-up car was coming around the complex road and he ran towards his car.
My wife and I held Officer Hintergardt until other units and paramedics arrived.
I blamed myself for years for ever calling 911. But as I've grown older, I know now that what life I have, what freedom and protection people have are because of great men like Officer Hintergardt. Men who understand the risk and sacrifice so much so that we can live in a better community. We don't celebrate Mothers day in our home for obvious reasons. We choose to that day to remember Officer Hintergardt and the ones he left behind. God bless them.

Carlton Wade
September 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 9, 2012

Kent,

We always started our phone conversations with "dammit ! " when the other guy picked up... So here it is...

Dammit

These things remind me our the fun we had together

Things you loved

Your tangerine VW bug
Warm six packs of Budweisers in paper bags
Huntington Beach lifeguard stand #11 eating strips with hot sauce
Beach volleyball
Oakland Raiders
Clint Eastwood movies
Bowling
Big Bear and waterskiing with your love. Linda
Sleeping outside in our sleeping bags
How you called my son Kenny... Kentee
How handsome you were 25 years ago on May 9, 1987 as a groomsman in my wedding
How much we shared in 30 years of friendship

Dammit I Was at your damn park last weekend, and Facebook
Friends said to tell you "hi". Kitty cried. We love you and carry fond memories.

Greg Callinan
Friend and co conspiritor
April 26, 2012

Kent
I've never left you a message here. I have been to the wall in DC and left you things there. I miss ya bud. Shelly and I will bve seeing you again this year there. Some day we'll get togeter again and tell the old stories that we lived together through. I know that Linda & Kena are safe. sleep well bud.

Ret. Deputy Glenn Scott
Riverside Sheriff
February 27, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Hintergardt. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 19, 2012

Juan Murray, I really appreciate your perspective on my dad's story. It means a lot to me knowing that you think of him. Although, I never personally met my dad, it is nice to hear about him and learn more about the man he was. I feel like every time I read anyone's story, it gives me insight to his life. That is something that I definitely wish I could have experienced being with him.
-Kena

Kena Alana Hintergardt
Youngest Daughter of Kent Alan Hintergardt
October 17, 2011

I was a Marine at Camp Pendleton back then. I remember laying on the couch with my ex-wife watching t.v. I heard everything that happened that night. Myself and an off duty EMT worker whom also lived in the complex came to aide in trying to revive Kent. I still have a t-shirt from that night that I will always keep. Soon after that night, my tour ended with the Marine Corps and went on to be a State Peace Officer with the Dept. of Corrections.That night changed my life. I'm happy to see that his two daughters turned out to be great kids. If you ever read this, I personally want you to know that your father was a hero and changed many lives while in uniform. I will always have his name and memory with me always. I put on my uniform everyday and I think of your dad and all the brave men and women who chose this career. Thank you Temecula P.D. for your support back then.Thanks to all who protect and serve. Semper Fi.

Officer Juan Murray
California Dept. of Corrections
May 13, 2011

Kent, your sacrifice has not been forgotten....18 years later.

Deputy Morgan
RSO MTR 2
May 9, 2011

Kent,
I remember you playing with all the neighborhood kids, and being able to open my combo lock to my bike when I was little kid. I remember you talking to my dad about what it was like to be a cop, as he was watering the lawn. And, I will always remember the day you passed away. My father and our family were in shock as we found out watching TV. There are only a handful of days I had ever seen my father cry, and one of those days was the day he went over to your parent's house to pay his respects. Rest in peace.

-Kyle

Warden Kyle Chang
CA Dept. Fish and Game
June 9, 2010

Kent, After 17 years, I still remember to honor you. I ran the Peace Officer Memorial with my Academy class (RSO 122) the day after you were killed. As I started my career in law enforcement I carried your memory with me and I'll never forget you and your family. I look forward to meeting you and feel you're watching over us all.

Michael Green
Retired
May 10, 2010

On the 17th anniversary of Deputy Hintergardt's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Deputy Hintergardt is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department
May 10, 2010

Sir,

I walk into the men's locker room at the Southwest Station and see your locker. I read the plaque and image what it was like back then. I hear great stories about you. I wish i could have met you.

Deputy
RSO
October 16, 2009

Think of you almost daily. I had a dream that I talked to ya ,you said every thing is fine. thanks ,It still hurt,s miss you bud. DC

Dave Carroll Sgt. USMC
childhood friend
May 8, 2009

Kent, I'll always remember the first time we met in 1990. I was a complete mess as a trainee at MCJ trying to clear count with a wooden board full of screwed up JRC's. You took the time to help me out, which will never be forgotten. From that point on I considered you a friend. I think about you often, and you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to the day we meet again.

















htnk about you often,

Mike Valento
LASD
January 18, 2009

We went to Jr. High, Calhi and I think, maybe even elementary school together. We played baseball during the summer...on opposing teams and became Deputy Sheriff’s at about the same time…You went to L.A. County and me I went south to the O.C. It was a sad day when I got home, turned on the news and heard about what had happened. I had to do a double take because I couldn’t believe what I had heard. It hit hard when they said your name. It’s hard to hear about a fellow officer being killed in the line of duty. It’s even harder when it is someone you have known for a very long time. You are loved by your family and missed by your friends. Take care and continue to look after them.
Dale

Deputy W. Dale Garcia
OCSD / classmate
September 12, 2008

I remember when we used to work together (a long time ago) for Von's Grocery Company, before you started your career in law enforcement. You were so much fun to work with, a real upbeat, hardworking guy. And funny too. Once, you had me laughing so hard, I had to hold onto something to keep from falling down. I remember you told me that you had transferred from L.A. County to Riverside County and thought that was great; you would be closer to your home. I remember walking in the door at home, the TV was on, and heard your name on the news; I was shocked. Why should such a thing happen to such a great guy. Your friends still miss you!

Dr. Paul T. Ananias
Used to work together
August 3, 2008

I loveee you dad :).
I know that I never got to meet you, but I can tell how special you were by the way people always talk about you. I love hearing things about you and howw you always pullled pranks on people and had a great sense of humor. You will always be remembered. Thank you for the support you have for my family and the love you shared with my mother and sister. I always think about you and cannot wait for the day that I will get to see you face to face for the first time in Heaven.
I love you daddy - Your daughter, Kena Alana

Kena Hintergardt.
Daughter
March 11, 2008

Kent: I still remember our days in the academy together with fondness(LASD Class #255). We also had alot of good times together while working at Los Angeles County Central Jail. I remember how sad it was for me when you made the decision to leave L.A. County for Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. But we all understood you left for the betterment of your family life. And what a family you had and still have. The day you were killed was one of the worst of my life. When ever I run into other people from our academy class, your name seems to alwys come up. You were taken from us too soon but your memory lives on in each of us who knew you. Rest in peace my brother..............Alan

Deputy Sheriff Alan Bash
Los angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
November 5, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
September 20, 2007

 
 

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