Those that knew, liked and labored with Harminder Grewal gathered on Sept. 13 to offer a remaining send-off to the fallen Galt police officer.
The memorial service, held at Bayside Church’s Journey Campus in Roseville, introduced eulogies crammed with fond recollections from buddies, household and colleagues. A procession from Roseville to Lodi, by means of Galt, gave members of the general public an opportunity to pay their final respects. The general public occasions have been adopted by a personal funeral for members of the family.
Grewal’s skilled accomplishments and contributions to the Galt Police Division figured strongly in speeches from the division’s leaders
Grewal was the division’s first Sikh officer when he joined in 2019. In his first full 12 months on the drive, he was named 2020 officer of the 12 months and acquired the Moms Towards Drunk Driving Award for his variety of DUI arrests. He served because the treasurer of the Galt Police Officers Affiliation.
With an enthusiasm for jokes, Grewal created a “Wall of Morale” within the division, GPOA president Michael Little informed the attendees, and there he posted pictures and memes about division goings-on.
Grewal was additionally a “genuinely human” man who liked his adopted nation and would exit of his approach to assist others, Little mentioned.
It was on Aug. 22, as Grewal and fellow officer Kapri Herrera have been driving to assist these affected by the Caldor hearth, that their automobile was struck head-on by a truck. Grewal died of his accidents on Aug. 27. He was 27 years outdated.
Herrera, who remains to be recovering from her accidents, was launched from the hospital on Sept. 3 and attended the memorial service.
Galt Interim Police Chief Richard Small had phrases of gratitude for Grewal’s household, Herrera and the Galt police employees. Then Small addressed Grewal himself.
“To officer Grewal, there are not any phrases satisfactory to explain our sense of loss or to precise how a lot we miss you,” Small mentioned. “There are not any phrases to explain our thankfulness for the time that we had with you, however we’ll proceed to inform your story.”
The memorial service revealed what Grewal had meant as a brother and as a consultant of the Sikh group.
Navdeep Sidhu, Grewal’s sister, remembered the officer as a toddler. She recalled their sibling bond – generally they fought one another, and generally they protected one another. She remembered carrying his backpack for him on the best way to high school, which the 2 generally skipped.
As a lot as Grewal might have disliked faculty as a boy, he went on to pursue a bachelor’s diploma and was near finishing it when he died.
The aspiration to develop into a police officer got here to Grewal early, Sidhu mentioned, at 7 or 8 years outdated. When the household got here to the USA in 2012, he was capable of fulfill that objective.
Galt Vice Mayor Paul Sandhu mentioned Grewal embodied the rules of his religion and his vocation.
“He was (the) essence of each what the Sikh religion stands for and what the police officer is, which is ‘seva,’ generally known as selfless service to the group,” Sandhu mentioned.
“He took nice satisfaction in serving our group and was all the time prepared to assist wherever wanted,” Sandhu added later. “We are going to always remember officer Grewal, his selfless service, his sacrifice and his household’s sacrifice.”