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Fallen Huntington Beach officer is memorialized with new street sign

A new street sign near Crest Avenue and Main Street in Huntington Beach pays tribute to Officer Leo Roy “LeRoy” Darst, who was killed in an on-duty traffic collision in 1928.

Community members, city officials and members of the Police Department gathered Saturday morning to honor Darst on the 90th anniversary of his death.

This is the first of three Huntington Beach ceremonies scheduled to honor officers killed in the line of duty. Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Ezra Stanley (who died in 1940) and Huntington Beach Officer Leslie James Prince (1974) will be honored Nov. 19 and Dec. 1, respectively.