The RCPOMF is a non-profit (501c.3) organization which supports the building and maintenance of county-wide memorials and ceremonies which honor Riverside County's fallen local, state and federal law enforcement officers and their families.
We are honored to recognize Riverside County's Fallen Heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our communities. This foundation was formed to bring honor and recognition to the names and faces of our Fallen Heroes.
Riverside County Peace Officers Memorial Foundation is funded by the generous donations of our supporters. Please consider contributing to your Foundation. By doing so you will ensure that our many fallen officers and their families are never forgotten!
Our calendar highlights both the End of Watch (EOW) calendar marking the Line of Duty Death (LODD) anniversary date for each of Riverside County's fallen local, state and federal officers and a calendar designed to keep you informed of events and important dates.
2012 Law Ride
The 2012 Law Ride was a huge success! We thank all of you who participated and rode in our annual fundraiser. We also wish to thank all who volunteered, supported and donated to our ride.
Officer Gale Gene Eldridge Biographical Info: Born: Unknown Age: 32 Tour of Duty: Not available Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details: Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: January 18, 1961 Weapon Used: Handgun Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Officer Gale Eldridge was on duty when he stopped a car for a traffic violation at approximately 7:45 in the evening. The driver told Officer Eldridge that he was on his way to a party on the "Reservation." The "Reservation" was a residential area located in the 200 block of South Indian. Officer Eldridge allowed the driver to leave the traffic stop scene. Officer Eldridge was alerted a short time later that this same person was involved in a robbery in Banning. Eldridge called for a backup to meet with him in the "Reservation." Palm Springs Police Department Officer Quincy Welch responded to the request. Officer Eldridge drove down one street while Officer Welch approached from a separate direction. Officer Welch overheard on the radio that Eldridge had stopped the suspect and was out of his patrol car investigating. A short time later Officer Welch heard two gunshots. When Officer Welch arrived on the scene, he found Officer Eldridge face down in his police car. Officer Eldridge had been shot in the stomach. His gun was at his feet and had not been fired. Upon further investigation, the suspect was found in his own car and he had been shot in the head. Two shots had been fired from the driver's gun. It is speculation that Officer Eldridge had a brief struggle with this suspect. The driver apparently shot Eldridge in the stomach. Eldridge was able to use the suspect's own gun to shoot him in the head. Both Eldridge and the suspect died at the scene. Officer Gale Eldridge was 32-years-old when he died. He was a father of three children, Gale, 13; Donna, 11; and Bobby, 5.
Officer Edridge's burial site is not known.
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