View Full Version : RIP Officer Andrew Garton EOW 5/26/11

05-26-2011, 8:17 PM
Tragic news coming out of L.A.

A terrible, terrible accident earlier today during the funeral procession for a Manhattan Beach police officer led to the death of Hawthorne Police Officer Andrew Garton. He was 44 years old and leaves a grieving widow and two sons, ages 12 and 7.

The motorcycle accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. as Garton and another motor officer, El Segundo Police Sgt. Rex Fowler, were "leapfrogging" traffic -- blocking intersections to let the procession through and then catching up to the front of the procession to block the forthcoming intersection -- along southbound Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance. Their bikes collided and the impact threw Garton from his bike and into the path of a northbound sedan.

Both officers were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where Officer Garton succumbed to his injuries. Sgt. Fowler has non-life-threatening injuries, including a left lower leg broken in more than one place. The driver of the sedan was uninjured.

New sources: (Torrance) Daily Breeze (http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_18145648?source=rv) and LA Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/05/motorcycle-officer-dies-crash-funeral-procession.html).

05-26-2011, 8:22 PM
Wow, this is horrible... RIP brother.

05-26-2011, 8:59 PM
This is a terrible loss for the south bay and for his family. Andrew was a excellent officer, good friend and a great father and husband. We will deply miss him. What a horrable day. Laying to rest an Officer, and another Officer is taken from us it just isn't fair.

Will Goes Boing
05-26-2011, 9:19 PM

05-26-2011, 9:33 PM
how sad and tragic prayers to the family

05-26-2011, 9:36 PM
RIP Officer.

05-26-2011, 9:40 PM
Heard about this at work today. Very sad. Watching his sons get off the helicopter at the hospital is heartbreaking.

05-26-2011, 9:42 PM
Horrible, just horrible. RIP Officer Garton

05-26-2011, 11:13 PM
Rest in Peace Brother.

05-26-2011, 11:14 PM
:eek: r.i.p.

05-26-2011, 11:52 PM
I was not there but a few other officers were there from my dept. I didn't know what to think when I heard the news. It was horrible already with the first funeral and this happened....

RIP brother

05-27-2011, 12:14 AM
RIP !!

05-27-2011, 3:54 AM
Rest in peace.

Jonathan Doe
05-27-2011, 4:15 AM
I received an email about it yesterday from my management. My prayers for him and his family.

05-27-2011, 4:33 AM
Rest In Peace

05-27-2011, 5:13 AM
Rest In Peace

05-27-2011, 5:41 AM
God's speed our fallen brethren. Prayers out to the family, coworkers and friends.

05-27-2011, 5:45 AM
RIP officer. Thank you for your services.

non sequitur
05-27-2011, 6:22 AM
Rest in peace, brother.

Andy Taylor
05-27-2011, 6:37 AM
Rest In Peace.

05-27-2011, 7:01 AM
So much hurt and sorrow.
RIP, Godspeed.

05-27-2011, 8:16 AM
Prayers sent out to the families. Thank you brother for your service :patriot:

I have your watch.

05-27-2011, 2:42 PM
Heard about it today from coworkers... RIP brother.

05-27-2011, 10:59 PM
So wrong.... thoughts and prayers for the families and his co-workers.

05-28-2011, 12:17 AM
RIP brother

May you patrol that beat in peace in the sky.

05-28-2011, 7:23 AM
RIP brother...God bless your family in this time of loss.

05-29-2011, 9:08 AM
Rip brother thanks for your service

05-30-2011, 3:46 PM
My prayers are with the officers involved and families.

Tragic RIP

05-30-2011, 9:29 PM
RIP Officer Garton..

05-31-2011, 3:55 PM
RIP brother.:(

05-31-2011, 7:31 PM
His family and department are in my prayers. Such a tragic loss and so damn senseless.