Galt Police Officer Harminder Grewal died Thursday, Aug. 26 from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Highway 99 on Sunday, Aug. 22.
Officers Grewal and Kapri Herrera were on their way to assist at the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, when a southbound Dodge Ram pickup collided with the center median, breaking through that concrete barrier, entering the northbound lanes and colliding head-on with the Galt Police Department patrol vehicle, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).
As of press time, Herrera is in stable condition, after undergoing a long reconstruction surgery late last week. According to police personnel, Herrera is expected to recover from her injuries.
Grewal has been with the Galt Police department for two and a half years, having been sworn in at a March 2019 City Council meeting.
Grewal was recently awarded accolades from the California MADD organization for his efforts of keeping roadways safe from drivers under the influence.
“Officer Grewal took pride in serving his community, and his work ethic was contagious to all who worked with him,” a department statement read. “His service to our community will never be forgotten.”
Officer Grewal leaves behind his parents, brother, sister-in-law, countless family members and a network of friends.
A memorial fund has been established for Grewal’s family. Those wishing to contribute to the fund should visit https://cahpcu.org/OfficerHarminderGrewalMemorialFund.
The Galt Police Officers Association in conjunction with PORAC (Peace Officers Research Association of California) has established a fundraiser for Officer Herrera. The funds raised will support Officer Herrera with expenses related to the tragic incident.
To donate to the official medical fund, visit https://porac.org/fundraiser/officer-kapri-herrera-medical-fund/.