Investigator Joey Dean Little

Investigator Joey Dean Little

Placentia Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 1996

Joey Dean Little

Investigator Joey Little succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic collison on October 30, 1989.

Investigator Little had been assigned to assist another officer who had been wounded while on duty two months earlier. He was driving the wounded officer to the station in his private vehicle during the work detail, and as he entered an intersection, another vehicle ran a red light and collided with his vehicle at approximately 55 mph.

The other driver and the second officer both walked away from the accident with minor injuries. Investigator Little was in a deep coma for two months with various broken bones and crushed ribs. He spent the next seven years in various hospitals and rehab facilities, but was considered slow to recover.

Investigator Little had served with the agency for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 38

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Monday, October 30, 1989

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I worked along side of you at PPD as a dispatcher for 4 years from 1980-1984. As a "green" dispatcher it took a while to earn your respect but once I did, we became friends. Small departments allow you to really know and appreciate fellow coworkers and for that I am so grateful. I knew of your love of family, friends and fishing. I will always remember your laugh and that great whistle of yours as you walked down the hall towards briefing. Even now I can see your smiling face. You are missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend, and say hi to Howard for me.

Michelle (Klimko) Miranda
Police Dispatcher ~ Retired

January 22, 2018

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