Patrolman Dennis Glenn Gonzales

Patrolman Dennis Glenn Gonzales

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1979

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Dennis Glenn Gonzales

Patrolman Dennis Gonzales was killed when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while making a traffic stop on I-8, just east of the Fairmount Avenue exit.

The 18-year-old suspect later turned himself in, claiming he did not know he struck anyone. The man was convicted of manslaughter.

Patrolman Gonzales had served with the San Diego Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

hit-and-run, traffic stop

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You never see the moments coming that will change a family forever. June 25, 1979 changed the direction of my family forever. He was our uncle, our brother, our son, our husband-he held so many titles. He was our light. These are the moments that you can’t help to think back on and question what if it never happened? What if he were still here with us? Who would he be? What greatness were we not allowed to see? How would my life be different had I had his influence longer? How would the world be different had he been given the opportunity to be a part of it longer than 25 years?
The hole in my grandmothers heart was finally healed when she went to spend forever with her son a few months ago. But as I stood saying my goodbyes to her I could not help but wonder how our lives would be different had we all not had to grow up so quickly. Had we had his encouragement, his words, him in our lives. Had the pervasive sadness that swallowed this family whole on June 25,1979 never touched us. Your memory sits on my heart everyday. You were remembered. You were missed. You were our hero.


April 30, 2022

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