The outpouring of recognition for Galt Police Department officer Harminder Grewal continued Sept. 2 at a candlelight vigil on the California State Capitol steps. Leaders in government and the local Sikh community spoke about the significance of Grewal’s service.
“Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh,” Galt Vice Mayor Paul Sandhu said, to the audience, using a traditional Sikh greeting. He then thanked the attendees, including Galt Police Department officers, for their presence. “Our hearts are broken and heavy as we are still processing losing one of our own.”
Grewal died on Aug. 27, days after a head-on crash that also sent his partner Kapri Herrera to the hospital.
Sandhu and other speakers evoked Grewal’s “contagious smile” and his ability to bring joy to others. Several speakers also honored Grewal’s decision to wear a dastar, or turban, in the line of duty, representing the Sikh community.
“He just did so with admiration and respect,” said Lodi City Council Member Mikey Hothi.
The Galt police announced Saturday that Grewal’s funeral will be held on Sept. 13 at 10 a.m., on the Bayside Church Adventure Campus, located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Road in Roseville.
The service, which is open to the public, will be followed by a procession of Galt officers and the Grewal family. The department encouraged people to line the sidewalks along the streets leading from the church to Highway 65.