Police Officer Oscar Adrian Reyes

Police Officer Oscar Adrian Reyes

Costa Mesa Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Oscar Adrian Reyes

Police Officer Oscar Reyes suffered a fatal heart attack after participating in the Orange County Traffic Officers Association Motor Rodeo at Huntington State Beach.

He had participated in several difficult training and skills competitions during the event and collapsed after returning home. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Reyes had served with the Costa Mesa Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 543

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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I went to the Orange County Sheriff's Academy with Oscar Reyes in 2005. He was a super nice guy. During my time at the academy, a lot of people were hired who were former military when I was in the academy in 2005. However, I believe Oscar told me he was transitioning from being a grocery store manager into law enforcement. In fact, I was looking forward to being friends with him during my work with CMPD because he was a friendly and genuinely kind guy.
I ended up not staying in a career of law enforcement due to the stressful nature of the job, I sold my back up revolver to Oscar, and I lost touch with him. It was pretty shocking to hear the news of his passing so young.
There are good-hearted people who you come across in life that make your work day easier and life more enjoyable. Oscar was one of those good-hearted guys, and my prayers are with his family.

One last story. I remember talking with Oscar a handful of years after I quit. I remember telling him about a couple motor officers at CMPD who made a lot of DUI arrests and won some awards. I remember he told me, "I would love to make that many arrests, but you have to work a lot of overtime to make all of those arrests, but I would rather go home because I want to spend time with my family."
He was a solid family man, too.

Robert Higgins (Badge 540)
CMPD

June 15, 2021

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