Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Toshio Hirai

Gardena Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Reflections for Police Officer Toshio Hirai

I spent two weeks with Toshio in Sacramento County during swat school back in 2008. I just learned of his passing today watching the PORAC memorial video. Toshio was one of 6 in a group of us that quickly gravitated towards each other through humor. Toshio would’ve been the youngest in our group but he was probably the most focused. But one night , after studying late into the night , I remember him singing/rapping/spelling a song on my voicemail (I-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t) . I saved the voicemail for years and could never delete it because it reminded me of two of the most vital weeks of my career , highlighted by the amazing group of people in that class. our class photo is one of the few photographs I have related to work and I will always remember him and his laugh. I instantly heard it when his memorial picture flashed. Life is fragile and my deepest condolences go to his wife, child, and the entire GPD family. If I had to guess he was one of the people you’d consider the heart and soul of your department .

Sergeant Richard Graham

May 5, 2020

Incredible show of support from Officer Hirai’s Dept at Police Week in D.C.. Met several Officers last night and could tell Officer Hirai was loved & respected by all at the Dept. So sorry for your loss. Ride easy brother.

Special Agent Michael Hawkins
U.S. Secret Service

May 13, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Hirai.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2019

1 mile of my run was in remembrance and memorial of you sir. Rest easy brother.

Lance Corporal Thomas Graham
South Carolina Highway Patrol

April 19, 2019

May you rest in Pease now that you are in God's arms. And I pray that your wife and baby find the love and peace they deserve.

Bradley Baker
No relation

January 17, 2019

I am urged to pray for his wife..I am praying for you. God is near.

Stephanie Ealey

January 8, 2019

My condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Toshio Hirai. Losing a loved one is always difficult. Please try to take comfort in Jesus words found at John 5:28, 29 where he said that there would be a resurrection. Just think of the time when you will see your loved ones again, in paradise conditions, here on earth.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

December 5, 2018

I remember the day we had the conversation about making you an honorary Marine! We shared so much in common and never backed down to a challenge. You truly have the heart of a Marine...

Love you Brother

Officer Marcco Ware
Inglewood Police Department

December 4, 2018

“Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.”

Thank you for your sacrifice and that of your family and friend, for you are in our prayers.

DST Martinez, M.A.
LASD Class #433

December 3, 2018

Thank you for your service and the dedication you had for your job and serving the community of Gardena. I have only heard great things about you and a lot of people will forever look up to you. My condolences to your family. Rest In Peace brother.

DST Hussainian

December 3, 2018

Gardena PD lost a valuable member in their team. Rest In Peace and thank you for your service. My condolences to Officer Hirai’s family. May they find peace in their hearts.

Recruit Lopez, Class #433

December 3, 2018

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”” -John 10:27-29

RIP Officer Hirai

DST James Reyes
LASD 433

December 3, 2018

My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family through this difficult time. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice sir.

DST Derik Martinez

December 3, 2018

Officer Hirai,

First and for most thank you for your service and for making the ultimate Sacrifice in service of our community. It is very inspiring to know about all your accomplishments as an individual as in your Law Enforcement career and the great and positive impact you had in our community and your Department. You are definitely an inspiring role model Sir. You will definitely be miss among us. May you Rest in Peace and you family find strength and comfort.

You will never be forgotten Sir.

DST Ruvalcaba
LASD Class #433

December 3, 2018

My condolences to your family. Thank you for your dedication and service. May you rest in peace.

Recruit Olmos

December 2, 2018

RIP brother. You served your community honorably. Semper Fi.

DST Connor (Class #433)

December 2, 2018

Rest In Peace! My most sincere condolences to your family. Thank you for your service. God bless you!

Recruit Oscar Gomez
LASD #433

December 2, 2018

Thank you for your service to the city of Gardena, the State of California, and the United States as a whole. The world has lost a good man who was dedicated to protecting the public. We respect your service, your sacrifice, and we pray that your family (both your family by blood and by service) be comforted in this extremely difficult time.

Recruit Reeves
Beverly Hills Police

December 2, 2018

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God- Matthew 5:9
Be at peace and rest knowing you made a difference.

DST Vargas

December 2, 2018

Thank you for your service, you are still a hero and will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to your family. I will always support the blue

Freddie Viramontes
Lasd 433

December 2, 2018

I have read and heard nothing but great things about Officer Toshio, you will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace.

DST Derek Dovolis

December 2, 2018

Thank you for your service, and may god bless your family.

DST Escobar

December 2, 2018

My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Police Officer Toshio Hirai. Thank you for your service.

Recruit Zavala
LASD Class #433

December 2, 2018

Thank you for your service, dedication, and unfortunately for making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe, Rest In Peace.

Recruit Herrera
LASD Class 433

December 2, 2018

Thank you for keeping the streets safe, we’ll take it from here brother. May God be with your family.


December 2, 2018

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