Police Officer Garth Langemeade Ward

Police Officer Garth Langemeade Ward

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, July 30, 1974

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Garth Langemeade Ward

Police Officer Garth Ward succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on June 27th, 1964.

He and his partner were transporting a prisoner to jail when their patrol car was struck by a car that ran a red light at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard.

Officer Ward suffered several head injuries as a result of the crash and remained in a coma until passing away on July 30th, 1974.

Officer Ward was survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren, and nine siblings.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 27, 1964


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My father, Ture E. Nordin, LAPD Policeman, University Division and Parker Center Complaint Board, was a friend of Garth.
Me as a young boy met Garth and several officers of the University Division.
To show me the "straight and narrow" I was put through booking, had my prints rolled, then into a holding cell. It felt like forever, it was, everyone stepped out for a smoke!
Our house was in the 77th area, 62nd and Wilton Pl.
Dad and his partner would stop for dinner (7), I sat on the front steps, listening for 3L41.
Garth was a good man, always a smile for me, and a "Hi Little Swede".

Gregory Andersson Nordin

July 30, 2020

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