Hermosa Beach Police Officer Gary Moss remembered during flag ceremony
An American flag presented 32 years ago to the family of Hermosa Beach Police Officer Gary Moss by the Hermosa Beach Police Department was returned by the family during a ceremony Tuesday morning at City Hall.
Moss was pursuing two speeding motorcyclists after midnight on June 20, 1982 when his motorcycle collided with an automobile. He suffered fatal injuries and died four days later. Moss was 26-years-old and had joined the department just 15 months earlier. He is the only Hermosa police officer to have died in the line of duty.
Fellow motorcycle officer Paul Wolcott, who had joined the chase, was also seriously injured in the collision, but was subsequently able to return to duty.
Moss’ brother Tom Moss presented the memorial flag to Hermosa Beach Police Chief Sharon Papa following a color guard salute by detective Jonathan Cruz, Sgt. Landon Phillips and officer George Brunn. The flag was mounted in a shadow box, which also contained Moss’ police badge and a photograph of him and his police motorcycle.
Papa said the shadow box will be displayed in the department’s newly refurbished conference room. She noted that the city had recently planted a colorful, floral garden around the marble memorial to Moss in front of city hall, where Tuesday’s ceremony took place.
Captain Tom Thompson, a former motorcycle officer who worked with Moss, assured Moss’ brother and other family members that Moss would never be forgotten. Scholarships in Moss’ memory are presented annually by Hermosa Beach police officers to Hermosa Valley and and Mira Costa High students. ER