Officer Down Memorial Page
On September 30th 1979, I briefly spoke with my father Corporal Harold L. Edgington, of the L.A. County Harbor Patrol just before he left for work. I was in the third week of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy, so we spoke about the progress of my training, the use of force, and other things. Little did I know this was the last time we would ever speak. Three hours later I received a call from his office asking me to respond to the local emergency room. When I arrived, I was told he was gone. From that moment the grim reality of the career field I had chosen became crystal clear. Since that horrible day, I have naturally become especially sensitive to the tragic losses sustained by law enforcement in this country on nearly a daily basis.
A few years ago, I became aware of a wonderful website dedicated to informing the public when an officer loses his/her life in the line of duty and keeping the memory alive of all those fallen officers from years past. That website is the ODMP (Officer Down Memorial Page).
Additionally, here is a link to the memorial page for my father.
Please visit the website and have a look around. I think you’ll be both shocked and moved by the stories you’ll find there.
Thanks very much.