Earlier this rainy morning, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and members of the police department dedicated two streets to fallen San Diego Police Officers Terry Bennett and Gerald Griffin.
The streets are at the 7700 block of Balboa Ave., just east of Balboa and Interstate 805.
Here’s some information about the fallen officers, from an SDPD press release:
Officer Griffin was a 17-year veteran of the SDPD who was killed on April 15, 2003. He was working with the Traffic Division as a motor officer conducting traffic stops when he was struck by a vehicle, sustaining serious injuries. Officer Griffin died several days later as a result of his injuries. Officer Griffin’s assignments include the protection detail for former Mayors Dick Murphy and Susan Golding; Northeastern and Eastern patrol; Traffic Division and he also taught at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Academy.
Officer Bennett was a 13-year veteran of the SDPD who was killed on June 26, 2003. At the time, he was assigned as a motor officer in the Traffic Division. Officer Bennett was involved in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle when that driver purposely hit him causing severe injuries. Officer Bennett died at the hospital that same day. His assignments include Southern patrol, Traffic Division and teaching at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Academy.