Huntington Beach police officer Matt Austin, center, and fellow officer Chuck Wright, behind him, stand at attention at the corner of Main and Crest, as they memorialize Officer Leo Roy “LeRoy” Darst who died at the corner in a traffic collision in 1928. A new street sign bearing Darst’s name was erected in his honor at the site. This mark’s the city’s first in a series of three ceremonies honoring fallen officers of Huntington Beach.(Don Leach )
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.