HAIL TO THE CHIEF . . . THE MAN I WAS PROUD TO CALL CHIEF . . . HIS TIME CAME AND WENT, BUT HE KNEW AND CALLED ALMOST ALL 7,000 SWORN BY NAME . . . WHEN HE CALLED, WE WENT . . . HE RAN ALMOST EVERY YEAR IN THE BAKER TO VEGAS RELAY . . . THIS YEAR IS FOR YOU, CHIEF . . . GOD'S SPEED . . .
FROM THE LOS ANGELES POLICE PROTECTIVE LEAGUE . . .
“Los Angeles has suffered a great loss with the death of Chief Gates. Chief Gates was a truly devoted public servant who committed his life to improving the lives of others in Los Angeles. He was a man of courage and character who had a deep commitment to the rule of law, with a deep pride of the LAPD.
“Chief Gates was a cop’s cop, revolutionizing critical policing tactics and changing the face of modern law enforcement around the world.
“He lived his dream and felt blessed to be part of an organization that he cared so much about. Even after retiring, Chief Gates was an active and steadfast supporter of LAPD officers, making frequent appearances to honor officers for their service – from retirements and funerals to ceremonies and charity events, Chief Gates’ presence could always be counted on.
“The men and women of the LAPD join the community in offering our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Gates family as they endure this painful loss.”