Officer Brett Oswald California Highway Patrol California End of Watch: Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Officer Brett Oswald
California Highway Patrol

End of Watch: Sunday, June 27, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 47
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: 13164

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Officer Brett Oswald was killed when he was struck by a vehicle at the scene of an abandoned vehicle.
Officer Oswald responded to a report that a vehicle had hit a tree on South River Road in Paso Robles. After investigating, Officer Oswald determined that no accident had occurred and that the vehicle was abandoned. He called for a tow truck and was waiting next to his patrol car, when a passing vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and struck the patrol car. The force of the impact pushed the patrol car into Officer Oswald.
Officer Oswald was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Agency Contact Information
California Highway Patrol
PO Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298
Phone: (916) 657-7261
Please contact the California Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Officer Brett Oswald, 47, Paso Robles, was killed Sunday evening, Officer Chris Fisher said.

Oswald was waiting for a tow truck to remove an abandoned car from a road near Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County at about 6:30 p.m. when a woman lost control of her Toyota Corolla and rear-ended his patrol car, CHP and county sheriff’s officials said.

Oswald, a 21-year CHP veteran, was hurled into the air and landed on her car, authorities said.

The driver was not injured. There was no immediate citation or arrest.

Further information would be appreciated on his survivors.

Updated: June 29, 2010 with Special Thanks to C.H.P. P.O.   C. Fisher

Gov. Arnold Schwarz-enegger said in a statement Monday, “Officer
Oswald was a real hero – one of California’s bravest. He risked his
life day in and day out to protect the safety of Californians.”

A memorial is planned for Friday at the Paso Robles Event Center,
Cuevas said. A time is tentatively set for 1000 AM.

Officer Brett Oswald was born in the Bay Area city of San Rafael and
graduated from Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Ore., in 1980. He
joined the CHP in 1990 at the age of 28 and the Army in 2006.

After graduating from the CHP Academy, he was assigned to the Santa Fe
Springs area in Southern California for seven years before transferring
to King City in Monterey County.

In 1998, he was selected to join the Coastal Division Air Operations
Unit, where he served as a flight officer – which his peers say he loved
– for nearly 10 years before he transferred back to road patrol. He was
assigned temporarily to the Templeton station May 3.

In addition to his wife, Oswald leaves behind his parents, Linda and
Richard Oswald, and two sisters, Trish and Trinda. Their last names and
places of residence were not disclosed.

My thoughts and prayers are with his survivors as I am sure that others who visit are.  ~ Bob

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2 Responses to “Officer Brett Oswald California Highway Patrol California End of Watch: Sunday, June 27, 2010”

  1. 1 Richard Chandler June 28, 2010 at 14:15

    Dear Mrs. Oswald,

    I can’t tell you enough how very sorry I am to have heard the terrible news about Brett. I’m your neighbor directly across the street, 7980 Balboa Road and I can’t imagine how many times I’ve spoken to Brett about coming over for a visit some time. I spoke to the Highway Patrolman parked at the bottom of your driveway, thinking he was Brett, and after he told me what happened, I literally cried while trying to tell my son, Keith, what happened.

    I just don’t know what to say other than if there is anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call us, 466-7322.

    Richard Chandler

  2. 2 Patrick Metoyer July 2, 2010 at 18:20

    Dear Oswald Family,
    I was Brett’s neighbor when he first came on the Department. He lived in Hacienda Heights and would always wave to me as he left his home from lunch. He did’nt know that I was a police officer too. What a super nice guy he was. He did’nt change after he moved north to join the air support. I drove up to visit him and he was as hospitibal as he was as my neighbor. Thank you for raising such a good man.

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