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Oct. 4th,

Upon arrival at work today, I learned the Bay Area lost another hero. Brad Moody (second from left) was killed after he lost control of his patrol car while responding to assist another officer on an assault call. He was as good as they come. I met Brad on day 1 of the academy, and we have been friends ever since. Another example of how unfair life can be.

RIP buddy....

Crash leaves Richmond officer in grave condition
By Karl Fischer
West County Times
Article Launched: 10/04/2008 01:19:58 PM PDT

Oct 5:
Richmond officer still in grave condition crash on a rain-slicked Richmond road will cost the community a dedicated police officer and his children a devoted father, department officials said Saturday.

Only life support kept Brad Moody, 29, a seven-year Richmond police veteran, from expiring late Saturday after a morning crash into a light pole while on duty two blocks from police headquarters on Regatta Boulevard. It wasn't a matter of if, but when his family decides to take him off life support, said Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan.

"What we were last told is that Brad has suffered an unsurvivable injury. He's dependent on life support. Doctors have been very clear about the prognosis," said Gagan.

"The officers are rocked by the news ... the fact that we have to come to grips with never getting to see him again."

Moody's family joined police Chief Chris Magnus, the officer's supervisor and entire patrol team, a department honor guard and many of his friends and co-workers at an area trauma center.

Moody left the station a few minutes before 8 a.m. to back up a colleague investigating a report of an assault near the corner of 18th Street and Gaynor Avenue, about two miles away.

The officer apparently lost control while heading north on Marina Way South, immediately south of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe tracks and Interstate 580.

His patrol car spun around into the center median, smashing the passenger side of the vehicle into a light standard and



causing massive head injuries.

An off-duty firefighter came upon the wreck on Marina, between Meeker Avenue and Regatta, and called for help at 7:57 a.m.

"We do believe that the wet roads were a factor," said Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross, whose agency leads the crash investigation.

"They can be very dangerous, not only for citizens, but for professionals as well."

A police dog in the car went to an emergency veterinarian with unspecified injuries.

Moody is married and has two young children. The Highway Patrol expects to spend weeks compiling an extensive report, Cross said, and looking for answers to many pertinent questions, such as whether the officer wore a seat belt or whether speed played a role.

"There were witnesses at the scene who observed the crash and said his speed appeared to be normal," Gagan said.

The crumpled car sat on a flatbed tow truck on Marina as officers passed on their way to work Saturday morning. Many were assigned to provide security for the Richmond Home Front Festival by the Bay.

"People don't know what we do. We have to be there for the family. We have to be there for everybody, really," said Officer Anthony Mikell, steeling himself for a full day of festival duty. "As much as we want to talk about it, share our pain, we have to be professional."

Lt. Enos Johnson learned of the wreck as he passed it. Moments later, he learned that a man he'd hired lay at the hospital.

"He stood out from the rest," said Johnson, who worked as a recruitment officer at different times in his 33-year career in Richmond. "He was such a good cop."

Moody will become Richmond's first officer killed in the line of duty since December 1992, when the suspect in a domestic violence dispute shot officers David Haynes and Leonard Garcia in south Richmond. More recently, Officer Kaliah Harper died off-duty when an ex-boyfriend shot her in front of a Fairfield memorial service in November 2006.

"We're a small department. When someone's worked here as long as Brad has, you get to know them, know their sense of humor, you get to know their family. It stops you in your tracks."

Contra Costa County's last police officer to die in the line of duty was Martinez police Sgt. Paul Starzyck, shot last month while investigating a report of domestic violence.