Fallen San Jose Police Officers Gordon Silva and Gene Simpson

Today, we remember fallen San Jose Police Officers Gordon Silva and Gene Simpson. On January 20, 1989, Simpson and Silva were killed in a firefight with a mentally ill pedestrian who wrestled Simpson's gun away. Below is an account of this terrible tragedy that was published in the Mercury News following their deaths.


The Worst Day in the Department's History


- San Jose Mercury News



In honor of Officer John Covelesk, Badge #70

On the night of November 15, 1950 Officer Covelesk was working a midnight walking beat in the downtown area.


Remembering San Jose Police Officer Jeffrey Fontana

Today we remember the life and service of fallen San Jose Police Officer Jeffrey Fontana. Officer Fontana was gunned down while making a routine traffic stop early in the morning on an Almaden street.


Remembering Fallen San Jose Police Officer Desmond Casey

On October 25th, we remember fallen San Jose Police Officer Desmond Casey. On October 25, 1999 Officer Casey was killed while piloting the department's helicopter. Below is the department's official account of Officer Casey's story.


Remembering the Fallen: Officer Robert Wirht

This month we honor fallen San Jose Police Officer Robert Wirht.


Officer Robert Wirht


Killed on September 8, 1988, while on a police motorcycle pursuing a speeding motorist, and then being struck by another errant motorist in traffic.


Remembering Fallen San Jose Police Officer Richard Huerta

On August 6th we remember fallen San Jose Police Officer Richard Huerta. On August 6, 1970, Officer Huerta was killed by gunshots from a pedestrian intent on randomly killing any officer he encountered.


Remembering Fallen San Jose Police Officer Henry Bunch

Today we remember fallen San Jose police officer Henry Bunch. On July 29, 1985, 33-year-old Officer Bunch was killed when an intoxicated arrestee wrestled his gun away and shot him.


Below is the department’s official account of his story.


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