Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Officer Anton Fischer died in an off-duty motorcycle crash as he was on his way to work on June 4.
The fatal two-vehicle collision occurred in the area of Ocean Boulevard and 7th Place at approximately 2:25 p.m., KABC reported.
Officer Fischer, 33, was riding eastbound on Ocean Avenue when the driver of a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee turned left from 7th Place to westbound Ocean Avenue, according to police.
Officer Fischer “was unable to stop in time and struck the side of the jeep,” the LBPD said.
Bystanders, one of whom was a nurse, rushed to his aid, the Long Beach Post News reported.
Officer Fischer’s girlfriend, fellow LBPD Officer Kaylie Lopez, was driving behind him when the wreck occurred, according to the Long Beach Post News.
“She knew it was him and ran out crying,” witness Jodie Lambert told the paper.
Police said Officer Fischer was rushed to the hospital with “substantial injuries,” and later passed away, according to KABC.
“We are saddened to announce the passing of a member of our LBPD family, Officer Anton Fischer, who tragically passed away today in a traffic fatality,” the department said in a Facebook post.
Officer Fischer was a three-year veteran of the LMBD and served on the East Division’s Directed Enforcement Team.
Prior to joining the police force, Officer Fischer served as an emergency medical technician, the Long Beach Post News reported.
“He said that rather than fixing people who had been injured, he wanted to prevent injuries before they happened,” Long Beach Police Officer’s Association President Rich Chambers told the paper. “That’s why he became a police officer.”
LBPD Chief Robert Luna said that Officer Fischer was loved and respected both by his family and his fellow officers.
He noted that the young officer also played football for the University of Hawaii prior to his law enforcement career.
“He still looked like a linebacker,” Chief Luna told the Long Beach Post News. “He was a 10-plus in a uniform.”
“We share our deepest condolences to his family, friends, loved ones and extended LBPD family,” the department said in its Facebook post.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a tweet that the city is grateful for Officer Fischer’s “service and dedication” to the community.
In addition to Officer Lopez, Officer Fischer also leaves behind his 12-year-old son, Christopher, and his mother, Geneva, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss.
“His mother told me something that will always stick with me,” Chief Luna told the Long Beach Post News. “She said, ‘I raised a good man,’ and as simple as that sounds, hey, he was a great man and I’m hoping that the memory of who he was and how he carried himself and how he worked so well with people will always be an inspiration to our officers.”
— Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) June 5, 2020
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— BrokenSeal (@johnstonwa) June 6, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Long Beach Police Department Officer Anton Fischer, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.