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    Sergeant Rolland Morton


    In service: 1922- 1933

    Sergeant Rolland Morton and Special Officer Frederick "Chicago" Porter were killed in an aircraft accident while en route to Long Beach to offer assistance to victims of a recent earthquake. They were accompanied by Airport Manager Charles V. Towns.  The Chief of Police had also requested that they check on Santa Monica residents who were working at a Long Beach dredging company.  When they reached the Baldwin Hills area, the landing gear of the low-flying airplane struck a small knoll, causing it to break up and burn.  All three men were killed.

    Roland Carl Morton was born in Stewartsville, Missouri. He moved with his parents to Santa Monica about 1905. He was hired by the Santa Monica Police Department as a motorcycle officer on August 1, 1922 and was appointed acting patrol sergeant on January 5, 1932. He resided in Santa Monica.  He was survived by his wife and three sons.

    Sergeant Morton had been with the agency for 11 years.

    Age: 38 

      End of Watch: March 10, 1933
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