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    Officer Derek D. Morton


    In service: 2002-2010

    Officer Derek D. Morton was an eight year veteran with the Santa Monica Police Department.  After years teaching water polo for the city of Santa Clarita; working as a physical trainer; and a motion-capture performer, he realized that his heart’s desire was to be a policeman.  In 2002 Derek  graduated in class number 153 from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy, receiving the Communications Award.   In his eight years of service, Officer Morton served the community on various patrol shifts and was last assigned as an Investigator with the Narcotics-Vice Unit. 

    Officer Morton was born in Ridgecrest, CA.  He lost his battle with colon cancer on August 14, 2010.

    Age: 34   

    Derek Morton
      End of Watch: August 14, 2010
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