Police Officer Frederick W. Walsh, Jr.

Police Officer Frederick W. Walsh, Jr.

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 20, 1957

Frederick W. Walsh, Jr.

Officer Frederick Walsh was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a vehicle southbound on Terminal Island Freeway. His patrol car left the roadway after encountering a patch of fog and struck a light pole. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries that night.

Officer Walsh was a four-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department and had served for five years in the United States Navy. He is survived by his expectant wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Well said, M. Rhone and Christine Walsh Wells! My late father, also a Long Beach Police Officer at that time, knew both of your fathers.

And, even though I, too, was young at the time (four months short of my fourth birthday), I can remember fearing that the unforeseen knock on the front door could happen to me, too.

And like you, Christine Walsh Wells, my father also used to take me to the LB PD pistol range, the old one that was located on Wardlow and Los Coyotes, only blocks from where we lived.

When I tell people that I shot my father’s service revolver at that range in or about January 1957 when I was not yet four, they can’t fathom it. But, I did.

So, your comment about being with your father at the range when you were probably not much older than me has brought a smile to my face.

Thank you, and peace be with you always.

Ken O’Farrell

June 11, 2018

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