Detective Gerald Sawyer of the Los Angeles, California, Police Department, was killed on November 6, 1973, while working on a joint undercover investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Detective Sawyer was killed by a cocaine trafficker during an attempted robbery of a $144,000 flashroll. He was 32 years of age at the time of his death. Known to friends and family as “Blackie”, Detective Sawyer, the son of a Whittier, California Police Officer, was the first Los Angeles Police Department undercover drug officer ever to be killed in the line of duty. Detective Sawyer was posthumously awarded the Department’s Medal of Valor. Detective Sawyer was survived by his wife, Rosella Sawyer.
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Blackie, You were the best and will never be forgotten. Bill Rinehart, Partner— William Rinehart
Gerald Sawyer was my great uncle. He was taken when I was 13 years old. I didn't get to know him very well, but I was always honored to call him my uncle. I miss him. I am very happy that the man who chose to take his life is finally imprisoned for the rest of his life. Rest in Peace now Uncle Gerry. Rest in Peace.— Sherri Hoien