Thursday, October 19, 2023, 5:37 a.m
CYPRESS, Calif. (KABC) — It was a very somber day as hundreds gathered to mourn the death of one Manhattan Beach Police Officer, but more importantly, to celebrate his life.
The funeral service for Motorcycle Officer Chad Swanson was held at SeaCoast Grace Church.
Rachel Johnson, Manhattan Beach Police Chief said: “He was an everyday hero of extraordinary courage.”
The 13-year veteran of the department was killed in a crash on the 405 Freeway on his way to work on Oct. 4.
“In our business, law enforcement, we always talk about how we hire the best of the best,” said Chief Johnson. “That only 1% of those who apply are hired as police officers. Chad was the best of the best. We did it right.”
Officer Swanson was remembered as a devoted husband and father of three young boys.
His best friend Scott Johnson said: “I will do my best to honor your name and make sure your boys never forget you and how badass their father was. I miss you and love you forever, brother.”
Swanson was a country music lover who survived the shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas.
Johnson said it proves Swanson is a hero both in and out of the police uniform.
“Although he was wounded himself, he applied tourniquets to the victims and administered first aid. He continued to run toward danger and help others,” Johnson said.
Swanson’s wife, Hailey, called her husband a protector who will never be forgotten.
“Chad, I always knew you weren’t mine and the things I loved most about you are the reasons you’re not here with me right now,” Hailey said. “I hate that you had to die, but I’m so grateful that you lived.”
If you would like to support Swanson’s family, contact the Manhattan Beach Police Department encourages the community to donate to Fund A Hero.
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