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Harbor Patrol Officer Paul D. Korber

Ventura Port District Harbor Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 15, 1998

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Reflections for Harbor Patrol Officer Paul D. Korber

Today I reached out to say hi to someone I hadn't seen since 1972. We served together in Viet Nam. When I came home I camped across the country with 3 high school buds. We came to LA and I looked you up, or so I thought. I dialed the #, only to get your dad. He was happy to hear my story and invited us up to his apt. that evening for your 22nd birthday. The doorman could not believe these 4 disheveled guy were going up to see your dad. He called up and dad said yup sendem up. The surprise on your face was so funny. We partied and had a ball for 2 days.
I googled you today and was saddened to read of your passing. I am so sorry! You died a hero as to be expected. You served your country as I did and we became pals in such a horrible place. I hope you are at peace brother.

Sgt. Anthony Sanders

March 17, 2021

God bless you

Mark Mottola

March 15, 2020

I had no idea and I live right there on the other side of the street on a boat. The harbor patrol guys are awesome. I’ve seen them in action when Boats are in trouble and at slow times having to deal with people who wander in. I saw them with a car stuck out in the sand. They could have towed it and ticketed the guy and I was surprised they didn’t. It was an older guy that looked to be homeless and they painstakingly dug him out by hand. I just 2 nights ago discovered it’s the fireman in Oxnard just south a few miles at firehouse 51 that respond for boats in trouble of washing up on those rocks. They show up barefoot in wetsuits with only a helmet and get ready to jump in if anyone gets thrown overboard. I’m not surprised to hear that this officer dived into such danger, I only wish I had learned of it sooner as just a few months prior it was the 20th anniversary of his heroic deed. I would like to hear that the woman and her children escaped such fate. Before I do that or anything else I’m walking over there to honor his sacrifice.

-God bless you and your families and Thank you for your service.

David Iverson (resident @1845 spinnaker)
no relation

October 28, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 20th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 15, 2018

Upon this 20 year anniversary, the Harbor Patrol Staff and I continue to honor your ultimate sacrifice. In your memory, over the last 20 years, the Harbor Patrol has focused on better training and equipment to ensure this type of on the job accident never happens again. Today each Harbor Patrol Officer is equipped with wetsuits, helmets, fins, and lifesaving buoys. Harbor Patrol Officers are allowed time to work out or swim during each shift. While we cannot change the past, we are committed to making these waters safer for all who visit and the rescuers who may be called to help.

Your sacrifice also led to joint Lifeguard training amongst all the local Fire Departments and Harbor Patrol staff. Today our first responders are all trained to the United States Lifesaving Associations (USLA) standards. By 2016 all Ventura County Agencies received (USLA) Aquatic Agency Response Team Certification. This certification ensured that all Rescue Swimmers received a minimum of 40 hours of specialized training, participate in quarterly training, and perform a 500-meter ocean swim in 10 minutes or less each year.

While I was just a part-time Harbor Patrol Officer at the time of your accident I made a personal commitment to seeing that your sacrifice was not made in vain. As the new Harbormaster, I thank you for the brief time we spent together and the ultimate sacrifice you made.

I have read your son is doing well and welcome him to visit the Harbor Patrol anytime.

Harbormaster John Higgins
Ventura Port District - Harbor Patrol

March 14, 2018

Even tho I never got to meet you, you are my hero. Barrett tells me every little detail of you. Your jokes, the music you liked, things you told him, things he told you.... Thank you for being the worlds best dad to my now husband:) We think of you everyday and how you are our real life super hero.

Jenny Korber
daughter in-law

November 15, 2013

Rest in Peace, Harbor Patrol Officer Korber. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 23, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 15, 2010

Each time I am down on the harbor I look at the waters you once patrolled. You and I had lunch just days before you answered your final call. I know you very well. I also know that if you had to save a life and give yours as a result you would do it over again the same way. I hope your son is doing well. I know you are with your wife. You are both probably on a swim in Heaven. Until we meet again. RIP Brother

Ventura Calif. police dept

June 8, 2009

Officer Korber, you gave your life trying to save another. If that isn't the definition of 'hero', nothing is. Your child will no doubt grow up missing you terribly, but knowing how you died, I strongly believe you'll always be there to watch over and guide you child.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 15, 2009



March 16, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 6, 2007

Job well done sir.

April 17, 2007

Brother Paul, Sure do miss our talks that we shared. Miss you each day. Now you and your wife are together again. Till we meet again. Thank you for all you did... God Bless. Chris

Chris Maes

April 9, 2007

You are a true hero.May you rest in peace.

March 15, 2007

To Harbor Patrol Officer Paul Korber, his sons and his loved ones:

On this the eighth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. To have given your life in an attempt to save four others is heroism that will never be forgotten.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Officer Korber, you rescued us, saved our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Paul Korber. I am humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Korber gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 15, 1998.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 16, 2006

You gave your life that others might live.Your bravery will not be forgotten.May you rest in Peace.

March 15, 2006

You gave your life that others might live.Your bravery will not be forgotten.May you rest in Peace.

March 15, 2006

Rest easy, Hero, you will never be forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, IN

March 15, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Paul, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

December 18, 2003

Rest in peace Brother Paul, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

December 18, 2003

Dear Paul,

Thank you for your heroic actions that fateful day. Your efforts ultimately cost you your life, but they also saved 4 other lives. They will soon be disbanding the Ventura Harbor Patrol, but you will not be forgotten.

God speed, Paul.


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