ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Loved ones of a fallen Galt police officer and law enforcement agencies across California gathered in Roseville Monday as he was laid to rest at a funeral with full honors.
Officer Harminder Grewal’s funeral services at Bayside Church in Roseville were attended by hundreds of members of law enforcement, and some shared emotional statements about the officer’s life.
Honor, strength and integrity were the qualities that made Officer Grewal so loved and respected during his two years with the Galt Police Department.
To his friends and family, the 27-year-old officer was the perfect example of the American dream. Grewal was an immigrant child from India who went on to pursue his goal of becoming an American police officer.
He was gravely injured in a head-on collision while responding to the Caldor Fire on Aug. 22.
His partner, Officer Kapri Herrera, was also badly injured in the crash. The police department announced on Sept. 3 that she was released from the hospital after undergoing treatment for the facial injuries she sustained in the head-on crash.
“Although there are no words adequate to describe his legacy, let us continue to try to do so through the sharing of stories and memories of how he impacted each of us,” said Galt Police Interim Chief Rick Small.
After serving with the Modesto and Lodi police departments, Grewal was sworn in as a Galt police officer on Feb. 25, 2019. He was named Officer of the Year, was a member of the Honor Guard and became treasurer for the Galt Police Officers Association — goals he had set for himself ever since he and his family immigrated from India in 2012.
“Upon arriving at the airport, one of his first recollections was seeing an American police officer for the first time,” Small said.
Those who worked with him remembered his winning smile, his love for pizza and his positive attitude.
“His convincing dry humor and his heart of gold brought the entire department and community together,” said Galt Police Lt. Brian Kalinowski.
“Once ‘Harmin’ gets comfortable with talking, it’s like opening Pandora’s box,” said Tracy Police Officer Jasper Juan.
Grewal was also proud to share his Sikh faith and Indian heritage with those around him, making an even bigger impact on his community and fellow Sikh officers.
“Sometimes there’s issues within communities that we can help address, and just seeing a familiar face that you can go out to, I think that really bridges the gap,” said Simarjit Singhrai.
“He proudly wore the turban as part of his uniform and did so out of respect and to honor his family and beliefs,” Small said.
As the American flag was draped over his casket, those who loved Officer Grewal said their final goodbyes.
“Unfortunately, today, I will be driving at his procession and I won’t have him next to me,” Officer Juan said. “But I know he will be watching me and guiding me, and I will have a pizza in his honor.”
“He made us better, the community better and the world better,” Lt. Kalinowski said.
“You will always live on in our hearts forever,” said Grewal’s sister, Navdeep Sidhu. “Bless you, wherever you are. Love you, brother, so much.”
Officer Grewal also had a love for motorcycles and was in the process of becoming a motorcycle officer.
He is survived by his parents, brothers and sisters.