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    New time, route and livestream for funeral services for fallen Manhattan Beach police officer
    • October 18, 2023

    Manhattan Beach Police Department Officer Chad Swanson’s law enforcement career and his life, both cut short earlier this month in a traffic collision, will be honored with a funeral procession and service on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

    The procession, originally slated to begin at 8:30 a.m., will now start at 9 a.m. according to city officials.

    The church service that follows remains the same — at 11 a.m. in Cypress.

    The procession starts at 9 a.m. when the Swanson family, along with Manhattan Beach Department personnel and city staff, will join at the Manhattan Beach Police Department to “show unity and respect,” according to a police release.

    Community members are invited to dress in red, white and blue as they stand along the procession route, according to the press release.

    The route will begin at the Manhattan Beach Police Station at 420 15th St. in Manhattan Beach. It will head east on Manhattan Beach Boulevard to Inglewood Boulevard. The procession will continue on the 405 freeway south to the 605 freeway north, exiting on Katella Avenue as it makes its way to SeaCoast Grace Church in Cypress.

    The service will take place at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 5100 Cerritos Ave. The funeral service will be livestreamed, according to city officials.

    Swanson, 35, was killed in the early morning hours of Oct. 4, when a car collided with his police motorcycle on the northbound 405 Freeway around Carson.

    He risked his life to save others during a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in 2017 in Las Vegas, where he was injured by a bullet fragment, while he moved people to safety.

    The Manhattan Beach Police Department thanked the community for its continued support in the period since the tragedy said Police Chief Rachel Johnson, in a statement. The city hosted a vigil two days after Swanson’s death where hundreds gathered at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

    “Your presence will provide solace and comfort to Officer Swanson’s family and fellow officers,” Johnson said, of the community gathering for the funeral procession. “Together we can turn the pain of loss into a beacon of resilience, showing the world that even in our darkest moments, our unity shines brighter than ever before.”

    Swanson is survived by his wife and three young sons. There is a fund set up by Fund a Hero, through the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) to support the family.

    For those who can’t attend the procession or service and wish to offer financial support, visit

    ​ Orange County Register