National Peace Officer Memorial Day
Sunday, May 15 is Peace Officers's Memorial Day. This is a time for family, friends, and partners to take the time to remember those who died in the line of duty. Line of duty deaths are especially difficult, because the loved ones who died, did so while serving their community, often times for complete strangers. However, that did not deter those peace officers from wanting to carryout their duties. This Sunday the men and women of the San Gabriel Police Department will honor two of their own fallen heroes; Officer Elmer H. Griffin (right), who was shot to death on February 7, 1926 and Officer Alvin W. Haynes (left), who was struck and killed by a DUI driver on September 6, 1933. Although it has been several decades since both officers died serving the City of San Gabriel, their deaths are no less important to those of us who continue to risk our lives each day and serve with pride and dignity.
On Sunday, the SGPOA will honor Offficers Griffin and Haynes at the front of the San Gabriel Police Department with a wreath laying ceremony and the lowering of the U.S. Flag at half-staff. We invite everyone to stop by the station and visit the plaques and wreaths honoring our fallen officers, and to pay tribute to the memories of two outstanding San Gabriel Police Officers, who died serving the City of San Gabriel.