Officer Saul Martinez

Officer Saul Martinez

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Thursday, May 15, 1997

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Saul Martinez

Officer Martinez died after being unconscious since the early morning hours of May 8, 1997, after he was struck by a vehicle. Officer Martinez and his partner were walking back to their cruiser after stopping for a vehicle on the side of the road when a speeding car, which was driving on the shoulder, struck him. Just before it struck him he pushed his partner out of the way, saving his life. The misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter trial of the driver ended in a mistrial in 2000.
Officer Martinez had his organs donated for the benefit of others. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 12555

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 8, 1997

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Wow, this melted my heart. What an annual young man you have grown up to be. I'm sure your father is so proud of your insight, love and honor. Your mom is very proud too, and God bless her for being the strong woman she is for you and your siblings.

You're an amazing man!

Beth Riley, Code Enforcement Offcr, Ret
San Diego Police Department

May 18, 2019

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