Motorcycle Officer Andrew Garton was escorting the funeral procession for deceased Manhattan Beach Officer Mark Vasquez on 26 May, 2011 when he collided with another motorcycle and was thrown into oncoming traffic.
Garton, 44, died that afternoon at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. His family had been flown by a Sheriff’s Department helicopter to be at his side, police officials said.
Garton was a 7 1/2-year department veteran who had spent the last four years as a motorcycle officer. He also served as a longtime member of the department’s SWAT team.
Mayor Pro Tem Alex Vargas remembered Garton as a jovial, well-liked officer and a dedicated husband and father who enjoyed riding bikes and playing baseball with his two boys, ages 7 and 12.