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Fallen Officers

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In Memoriam

Sergeant V. Thomas VanderpoolSergeant V. Thomas Vanderpool

Prior to joining the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, Sgt. Tom Vanderpool served on the Los Angeles Police Department.  During his early years, he was on duty during the Watts Riot and stood guard "knee deep" in mud to help secure homes partially flooded during the Baldwin Hills disaster in the '70's.  He took a break from police work to go into business, but missed the challenge of being a police officer.  He joined the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department in 1981.



Captain Michael Wayne Tracy

Captain Michael Wayne Tracy

Capt. Mike Tracy was raised in Torrance, graduated from Torrance High School and pursued a life long ambition to become a police officer.  He began his career in 1966 as a Reserve Officer with the Garden Grove Police Department.  After completing the Los Angeles Sheriff's Academy, he hired on full-time with Palos Verdes Estates Police Department in 1969.  In 1974 and 1975, Captain Tracy was presented with the South Bay Medal of Valor Award.