Officer Leslie J. Prince

Officer Leslie J. Prince

Huntington Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, December 1, 1974

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Leslie J. Prince

Officer Leslie Prince struck and fatally injured by a drunk driver while directing traffic at 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Adams Avenue on Nov. 16, 1974.

He and other officers had been called to the scene due to a power failure which had caused the lights to malfunction. A speeding truck being driven by a drunk driver entered the intersection against the direction of another officer. The truck struck Officer Prince, causing severe injuries which he succumbed to on Dec. 1, 1974.

The driver of the truck served one year in jail.

Officer Prince had served with the Huntington Beach Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, infant son, parents, sister, and brother.

In 1979 a city park was named after Officer Prince.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 106

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 16, 1974
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Served one year in jail

Impaired Driver

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I visited the Sacramento and the Washington DC Police Officer Memorials this year. I wanted to see your name on the walls. It was a bittersweet experience.

Your death still haunts me. Every day, I think of you. You centered my life.

However, I also feel joy when I see Michael and his family. His wife Yen, his daughters Emily and Avery. They are beautiful children and you would beam with pride at them. Michael is a good man and I’m proud of him.

In addition, I’m grateful that the Huntington Beach Police Department remembers you and your sacrifice. You were a brave and noble officer.

I love you.

Lynda Prince Rudesill
Surviving Spouse

May 18, 2023

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