Officer Alvin Leroy Foss

Officer Alvin Leroy Foss

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, April 26, 1950

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Alvin Leroy Foss

Officer Alvin Foss was accidentally shot and killed when his service revolver fell from its holster and discharged while he was in the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza squad room in Alameda County.

When the revolver struck the concrete floor the firing pin was pressed firmly enough that it caused the round to discharge.

Officer Foss was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII. He had served with the California Highway Patrol for one year and was assigned to the Bay Bridge Patrol Unit. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, and mother.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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You left us 72 years ago. I worked the SF CHP office in 1973-74. That office building was still there. It has since been torn down to make room for more parking. I want to tell your son Dan that we never forget our brothers and sisters in Blue and Gold. I didn’t see what our fathers badge number was but if you read this can you please let me know. My badge number is 7185. God bless you and God bless your father. [email protected]

State Traffic Officer 7185.
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

April 26, 2022

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