Sergeant Rolland Morton

Sergeant Rolland Morton

Santa Monica Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, March 10, 1933

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Rolland Morton

Sergeant Rolland Morton and Special Police Officer Frederick Porter were killed in an aircraft accident while en route to Long Beach to offer assistance to victims of a recent earthquake.

The chief of police had also requested that they check on Santa Monica residents who were working at a Long Beach dredging company. The plane crashed near Baldwin Hills after encountering an area of dense smoke and fog.

Officer Ted Davis, of the California Highway Patrol, was also killed as a result of the earthquake when his motorcycle struck a bridge as he assisted with rescue efforts.

Sergeant Morton had been with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Incident Date Not available

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Sgt. Morton,
On today, the 85th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer also on that plane with you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Monica. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 10, 2018

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