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FALLEN HEROES

The following Pinole Police personnel gave their lives in the line of duty. We will always remember those who gave the Supreme Sacrifice in order to protect our families and community.


* Law Enforcement Officers honor a fallen member by wearing a black band across their breast badge.



Police Officer Floyd "Bernie" Harold Swartz

  • Date: May 3, 1980
  • Age: 33
  • Tour of Duty: 10 yr
  • Badge Number: 2
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Weapon Used: Sawed-off Mauser
  • Suspect Info: Sentenced to death

Officer Swartz was shot in the throat and killed while attempting to arrest a murder suspect. The arrest attempt was taking place at a home near the scene of a stabbing murder the previous week. The suspect, James Richard Odle, was apprehended and sentenced to death.

Officer Swartz had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his three children.

> Article about Officer Swartz




Patrolman John Mueller Sellers

  • Date: July 24, 1972
  • Age: 37
  • Tour of Duty: 2 yrs
  • Badge Number:
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Weapon Used: Gun; unknown type
  • Suspect Info: Convicted, but later released when it was determined that at the time he acted, he had a brain tumor

John Sellers was killed at 0118 hours in the Antlers Tavern. He was responding to a man-with-a-gun call. He was shot in the chest by Orland Davis.

Patrolman Sellers left a wife, Mary, and two small children - a boy and a girl.

> Commendation Letter
> Article about Patrolman Sellers




Constable Arthur McDonald

  • Date: September 26, 1929
  • Tour of Duty: 11 yr
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Weapon Used: Rifle; Machine gun

Constable McDonald was shot and killed when he responded to a bank robbery call of the Bank of Pinole. The robbers had just stolen $35,000 and were making their escape when Constable McDonald arrived on the scene and attempted to stop them. The suspects opened fire on Constable McDonald with a sub-machine gun, striking him in the stomach. He was able to return fire and shot one of the suspects.

Constable McDonald had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his wife and three daughters.

> Article about Constable McDonald

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