On July 4, 1999, while on duty as a Police Partner, Gene fell to the street while directing traffic after the fireworks celebration at Lodi Lake. He died instantly from an apparent aneurysm. He was 69 years old.
Police Partners Participation
Gene moved to Lodi in 1994 and, along with his wife, Barbara, decided the best way to get to know the community and the people in it was to join the Police Partners Volunteer Program. Gene never let anything interfere with his scheduled time as a Police Partner. Gene was a man who was dedicated to keeping whatever commitments he made.
Gene left a legacy of service to his community, dedication to his family, and an atmosphere of love for all who were ever in his presence. Because of his dedication to duty, in the year 2000, Barbara was presented the Meritorious Service Award posthumously awarded to Gene by the Lodi Police Department.