Deputy Brett Harris, who was assigned to the department’s Hemet station, was killed in a violent car accident while responding to a call for service early Friday morning.
The back end of Harris’ patrol vehicle was crushed by an impact with a light pole, while the front end of the civilian vehicle was also mangled, authorities said after the crash. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The critically injured deputy was rushed to a hospital, as was the driver of the other vehicle, who suffered moderate injuries. Sadly, Harris, who is just 26-year-old suffered major injuries in the collision, including a catastrophic brain injury, and he succumbed to his injuries.
Sheriff Bianco said in a statement, “In a final act of Service Above Self, it was Deputy Harris’s wish to donate his organs so that others may live. The Harris family is currently working with the hospital to ensure his wishes are honored.”
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