This page is dedicated to our retired San Jose Police Officers and Firefighters who passed this year.

Below are brief summaries of retirees who passed away this year. The information is provided by family and friends of those who passed. If you know of a retired San Jose police officer or firefighter who passed this year, but you do not see them listed below, please click here to send us an email and let us know.

2022

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Robert (Bobby)Vermillion

Retired SJFD Fire Engineer Robert (Bobby)Vermillion passed away on 6-22-2022. He joined the Department on September 15, 1960, and retired on October 5, 1992. He was 86.

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Rudolph (Rudy) Cabigas

Retired Fire Captain Rudolph (Rudy) Cabigas passed away on June 5, 2022. Rudy retired from SJFD on January 5, 2016. Rudy is survived by his wife, Belinda and Daughter, Katelyn.

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Ken Siegel #3158

Retired SJPD Officer Ken Siegel #3158 passed away May 12, 2022.

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Ed Medina

Retired SJFD Fire Engineer Ed Medina passed away on May 7, 2022. Ed started his career at SJFD in 1970. He is survived by his wife Connie.

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Richard A. Confer #1417

Sgt. Richard A. Confer #1417. Richard passed away on 4-18-2022. Richard was a Bomb Squad supervisor and went on to work for the TSA and as a US Marshall following his retirement from SJPD.

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Retired SJPD Officer James Leroy #1267 passed away on Friday, April 15, 2022.

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Brian Johst #3237

Retired SJPD Lieutenant Brian Johst #3237, retired on November 14, 2020, and passed away on April 5, 2022. Brian is survived by his wife, Summer, four children, and several grandchildren.

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Richard “Dick” Yuhas #1365

Retired SJPD Officer Richard “Dick” Yuhas #1365 passed away on April 2, 2022, at the age of 86.

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Ed Schneickert Jr.

Retired SJFD Inspector Ed Schneickert Jr. passed away on April 2, 2022.

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Kenneth J. Garino

Retired SJPD Officer Kenneth J. Garino #1220 passed away on March 28, 2022.

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Dave Moseley

Retired Fire Captain Dave Moseley passed away on March 25, 2022, at the age of 84. Dave served the SJFD for 29 years. His son, Mitch is a retired SJFD Fire Engineer.

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Retired Firefighter Virgil Hernandez

Retired Firefighter Virgil Hernandez passed away on March 17, 2022.  Virgil served 25 years with SJFD, most of that time at Station One.

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Dwight Messimer

Retired SJPD Sgt. Dwight Messimer #1165 passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

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Gilbert S. Gonzales

Retired Sgt. Gilbert S. Gonzales #1527 passed away on February 12, 2022, at age 81 in Reno, Nevada. Gil lateraled from the LA Sheriffs Department in 1971 and worked for SJPD until 2000. Assignments included patrol, MERGE, Burglary Prevention Unit (BPU), auto theft, and background investigations.

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Donna Tonry

Former SJPD Police Officer Donna Tonry #2188 passed away in February 2022. Donna worked as an SJPD Officer and later left the SJPD to pursue a career in education.

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William C. "Bill" McLean, III

Retired SJPD Officer William C. “Bill” McLean, III #1814., died January 22, 2022, at his home in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Morgan Fay

Retired SJPD Officer Morgan Fay #2329 passed away peacefully on January 21, 2022.
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Lee Petersen

Retired SJFD Fire Captain Lee Petersen passed away on January 8, 2022. He retired from SJFD on October 3, 1996. Lee started his fire service career with the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

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Stan Jones

Retired SJFD Fire Captain Stan Jones passed on 12/14/21 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda, and sons Jeffrey and Timothy.
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Roy Jueal

Retired SJPD Officer Roy Jueal #1318 passed away on December 21, 2021. Roy served the SJPD for 30 years.

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Orville Yarbrough

Retired SJPD Officer Orville Yarbrough #1363 passed away at his home in Escondido, CA on December 12, 2021. He was hired in 1968 and retired in 1986.

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Ed Cutter

Retired SJFD Fire Inspector Ed Cutter passed away on 12-11-2021 after a battle with Cancer.  He is survived by his wife Janice and two sons Greg and Erik.

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Richard Davis

Retired SJPD Officer Richard Davis #1634 passed away on December 8, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. He was 79.

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Neil Jameson

Retired SJFD Firefighter Neil Jameson passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and served the SJFD for approximately 25 years.

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Larry Torkelson

Retired SJFD Captain Larry Torkelson passed on 11/28/21 at age 78. Larry retired on August 5, 1999.  He is survived by his wife, Beverly.

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Kevin Nishita #3740

Kevin Nishita was a former San Jose Police Officer who retired from Colma PD in 2018. He was working as a private security officer when he was murdered in Oakland while protecting a KRON TV news reporter who was covering one of the mob retail burglaries. You can read the news story regarding this senseless killing by clicking this link. Donations to support Kevin’s family can be made to the SJPOA at this link. Kevin died from his gunshot wounds on November 27, 2021.
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Patrick McGuire

Retired SJPD Lieutenant Patrick McGuire passed away on the morning of October 18, 2021. Pat retired on April 6, 2000. Pat leaves behind his wife, Cindy, son Ryan, who is a sergeant with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, two grandchildren, and brothers, Robert and Tim, both of whom were also in law enforcement.  We will keep you informed if we receive any additional information.

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Bobby Burdine

Retired SJFD Captain Bobby Burdine passed away on October 20, 2021. Bobby retired from SJFD on October 3, 1996.

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Gary Thompson

Retired San Jose Police Sergeant Gary Thompson passed away on October 15, 2021.  He was appointed to the San Jose Police Department on January 1, 1963, where he served 28 years.  While with SJPD, he worked Patrol, H-Cars, Canine, Burglary, and Auto Theft/RATTF.  He retired on September 11, 1979.  He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margie, and two daughters.
Posted: 10/21/21

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Richard Bibby

Retired San Jose Firefighter Richard Bibby passed on October 4, 2021, at the age of 92. Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Posted: 10/12/21

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Bob Carabal

Retired SJFD Firefighter Bob Carabal passed away the week of 10/3/21.
Posted: 10/6/21

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Steven G. Heck

Retired SJPD Sgt. Steven G. Heck passed on August 6, 2021. He retired from SJPD on July 31, 1994.
Posted: 10/1/21

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Kenneth D. Banner

Former SJPD Police Officer Kenneth D. Banner passed away on 9/4/2021. Ken joined the SJPD in 1967 and worked as a training officer and as a beat officer. He left the SJPD in 1971 to join the United States Secret Service where served for close to 30 years.
Posted: 9/28/21

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Larry Weir

Retired San Jose Police Sergeant Larry Weir #1517 passed away on September 20, 2021
Posted: 9/21/21

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Glenn Terry

Retired SJPD Sgt. Glenn Terry #1090 passed away peacefully at his home in August.
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Paul Schmidt

Retired San Jose Police Officer and former Association Director, Paul Schmidt passed away on August 25, 2021. Paul graduated from SJSU and was a member of Chi Pi Sigma.
Posted: 8/30/21

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Mario Busalacchi

Retired SJFD Captain Mario Busalacchi passed away on August 22, 2021.  Mario retired on July 24, 2010.
Posted: 8/22/21

Clyde Henry

Retired SJFD Captain Clyde Henry passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Clyde retired from SJFD on March 3, 1994.
Posted: 8/22/21

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Gary Schceickert

Retired SJFD Firefighter Gary Schceickert passed away on Aug 6, 2021. He retired from SJFD on July 3, 1993.
Posted: 8/22/21

Bill Adams

Retired firefighter Bill Adams passed away on August 4, 2021. Bill retired on December 3, 1998. He was 77 when he passed.
Posted: 8/7/21
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Wayne Chapp

Retired San Jose fire engineer Wayne Chapp passed away on August 3, 2021. Wayne retired in March 2000. He was 78 when he passed.
Posted: 8/3/21

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Juan Reyes

Retired San Jose police officer Juan Reyes #2649 passed away on July 28, 2021
Posted: 7/29/21

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Randy Knapp

Retired San Jose Firefighter Randy Knapp passed away on January 29, 2021.
Posted: 7/20/21

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Jack Woodall

retired SJPD Lt. Jack Woodall passed away on July 14, 2021.
Posted: 7/15/21

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John Trussler

Retired SJPD Sergeant John Trussler passed away on July 1st, 2021.
Posted: 7/9/21

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Danny Holmes

Retired SJFD Fire Engineer Danny R. Holmes passed away July 5, 2021. Danny retired from the SJFD on May 14, 1978

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Steven Alvarado

Retired SJFD Division Chief Steve Alvarado passed away on July 2, 2021. Steve retired from SJFD in 2014.
Posted: 7/2/21

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James Hart

Retired San Jose Police Officer James Hart passed away on June 22, 2021. James retired from SJPD on December 3, 1969.
Posted: 9/3/21

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Retired SJPD Sgt. Robert M. Browning #1205 passed away on June 19, 2021. At the time of his passing, he was living in Alpine, Utah.
Posted: 6/22/21

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Retried SJFD Bill Hackett passed away on May 34, 2021.
Posted: 6/18/21

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Bruce Staples

Retired SJFD Chief Bruce Staples passed away on May 18, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Bruce was hired as a firefighter in 1970 and rose to the rank of Acting Fire Chief in 1999, serving in that position until April of 2000.  He retired from SJFD in August 2000.
Posted: 5/18/21

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Jerry Mathis

Retired SJFD Fire Engineer Jerry Mathis passed away on  May 8, 2021. He retired from SJFD on April 6, 1988.  He was 72 years old at his passing.
Posted: 5/12/21

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William “Bill” P. Hackett

Retired Firefighter William “Bill” P. Hacket passed away on May 2, 2021. He retired from SJFD on November 6, 1991. He is survived by his son Kirk and daughter Kelly.
Posted: 5/5/21

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Tom Perez

Retired SJPD Lieutenant Tom Perez passed away on April 22, 2021.  Tom worked multiple assignments during his career with the Department, including Patrol, Field Training, Narcotics, and Crime Prevention.  After leaving the Department, Tom got his law degree and practiced law up until January 2021.  Tom is survived by his wife, Estella, who also worked for the Department.
Posted: 4/26/21

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Jason Woodall

Retired Sgt. Jason Woodall #2890 wass born on September 18, 1969, and passed away on April 26, 2021.
Posted: 5/6/21

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Wilbur “Bill” Mitchell

Retired SJPD Sgt. Wilbur “Bill” Mitchell passed away in April 2021.
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Fred Kingsley

SJPD Sgt. Fred Kingsley #1625 passed on April 12, 2021. Fred is survived by his wife, Shirley.
Posted: 4/12/21

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Truman “Bud” Boman

We were recently informed of the passing of retired SJPD Officer Truman “Bud” Boman.  Bud retired on June 26, 2010, and passed on December 20, 2020.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Boman.  Prior to his SJPD service, Bud served approximately 20 years in the U.S. military.
Posted: 4/12/21

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Gerald Van Horn

Retired San Jose Firefighter Gerald Van Horn passed away in April 2021. Gerald retired in November 2000. He is survived by his wife Joanna Van Horn.
Posted: 4/06/21

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Phillip J. Hada

Retired San Jose Police Sergeant Phillip J. Hada passed on January 24, 2021.  Phillip retired from SJPD on September 6, 1989.
Posted: 3/26/21

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John Schaar

Retired San Jose Firefighter John Schaar passed on January 23, 2021. John retired from the SJFD in 1985.
Posted: 3/24/21
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Charles “Chuck” Farrow

Retired San Jose police officer Charles “Chuck” Farrow passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.  He was living in Land O’Lakes, Florida, and is survived by his sister Bonnie.
Posted: 3/22/21

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Douglas Biddle

Retired Fire Engineer Doug Biddle passed in March 2021. We do not have any further information at this time. We will notify you once any is made available.
Posted: 3/15/21
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Gary Zobrosky

It is with deep sadness to inform you of the passing of retired Fire Engineer Gary Zobrosky.  Gary is survived by his wife Judy who told the Association that Gary truly loved the Fire Department and those that he served with.
Posted 3/8/21

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Merrill Malvini

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of retired San Jose Fire Captain Merrill Malvini. Merrill spent most of his career at Station 14 and was 90+ years old at his passing. Condolences can be sent to his son, Mike Malvini, at 218 Farley Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.
Posted 3/1/21
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Richard "Dick" Wattenbarger

Retired SJFD Deputy Chief Richard “Dick” Wattenbarger passed on February 15, 2021. Dick is survived by his wife Sue. Chief Wattenbarger retired from SJFD in 1991. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make donations in the name of Dick Wattenbarger can make them to the following organizations: San Jose Fire MuseumCal Farley’s Boys Ranch or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Posted 2/15/21

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Greg Toscano

SJFD Engineer Greg Toscano passed away on February 9, 2021, following a long bout with Parkinson’s. Greg was hired on September 15, 1980, and retired on November 15, 2008. Greg is survived by his son David Toscano, Grandchild Zelda, and his seven siblings.
Posted 2/9/21

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Joe Vasta

Retired SJPOD Officer, Badge #1422; passed 1/23/2021.

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George de la Rocha

Retired SJPD Officer, Badge #2052. Passed 1/22/2021.

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Don Moore

Retired SJPD Sergeant, Badge #2235; passed 1/22/2021.

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Former Assoc. President Raymond "Jay" Wendling

Former Association President and Vice President, Raymond “Jay” Wendling passed away on January 8, 2021.   A retired police officer, Jay served as Association President and Vice President during some of this organization’s difficult political battles. Click here to read more.

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Fredrick "Fred" Esparza

Fredrick “Fred” Esparza was born on 8/29/1937 and passed on January 7, 2021. Fred joined the SJPD in 1962, where he served in the Metro and Street Crimes Units among others. Fred retired from JSPD in 1994 after 33 years of service.

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Bill Sims

Retired SJPD Sgt. Bill Sims #1407 passed on January 4, 2021.