Fallen Manhattan Beach police officer was a ‘real-life hero’

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Hailey Swanson described her husband, fallen Manhattan Beach Police Officer Chad Swanson, as being “fearless, strong, loud, decisive, confident, devoted, protective, and always there with some off-the-wall comments and make me laugh, even in the darkest moments.” Hailey delivered these remarks during her husband’s funeral in front of a congregation of at least two thousand mourners at SeaCoast Grace Church in Cypress on Oct. 18, a gathering that included more than 1,000 police officers and law enforcement personnel from agencies throughout the state and the country. At around 5:15 a.m. on Oct. 4, 2023, Swanson, 35, was likely headed to…


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