Honor Roll

Federick C. Porter

On March 10, 1933, Special Officer Porter was called upon by Police Chief Webb to fly to Long Beach to provide assistance to those recovering from a major and devastating earthquake. He was to also check the well-being of Santa Monica residents who were working at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., which was supplying rock for the breakwater in Santa Monica. He took off in foggy conditions. Witnesses saw his plane close to the ground; it rose and upon coming down knocked its landing gear off. The plane cart-wheeled and burst into flames.