Today, we remember Sergeant Charles “Hugh” Garrison who was killed in the line of duty on November 6, 1946 making him the first officer in the history of the Visalia Police Department to be killed in the line of duty.
On November 6, 1946, Sergeant Garrison located 23 year old, Clyde Bauer of Woodlake in a downtown alleyway. Bauer was suspected of stealing an automobile from a Main Street garage after smashing the storeroom window. While attempting to make the arrest, a confrontation developed between Garrison and Bauer, which led to a gunfight. The violent confrontation resulted in Garrison being shot once at close range causing his death, and the suspect, Bauer, also being fatally shot by Sergeant Garrison. Sergeant Garrison, who was 38 years old, was survived by his wife, Geneva (deceased), and was interred in the Visalia Cemetery on November 7, 1946. #neverforget #visaliapd #Visaliapdway #thinblueline