Honoring Our Fallen Officers
"It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived."
Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor
In Memory of Detective Danny Valenzuela
May 1, 1956 - May 23, 1995
Danny Valenzuela came to the Brea Police Department on August 24, 1980, from the La Verne Police Department. Danny worked patrol for about seven years. He served as a motor officer for about three years. Danny was an excellent motorcycle rider and assisted in training several motorcycle officers. In 1990, Danny transferred into the detective bureau and became a burglary detective. He worked burglary for about three years and then moved to robbery / homicide.
Danny was part of the crime suppression unit, hostage negotiations team, and a member of the Brea Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit. During his career with the Brea Police Department, Danny received numerous awards for his courage and leadership, including receiving the department's Distinguished Service Award in 1988.
On May 23, 1995, while participating in bicycle training, Danny suffered a fatal heart attack. Danny became the first Brea Police Officer to die in the line of duty. He is greatly missed at the Brea Police Department. He is survived by his wife and four children.
In Memory of Detective Terry Fincher
November 4, 1947 - May 22, 1996
Terry began his career with the Brea Police Department on July 5, 1979, as a reserve officer. He began as a full-time officer on February 8, 1980. Terry worked many assignments, including motors. He served as an investigator, handling several different case loads, including robbery / homicide, burglary, and narcotics. Terry was a peer counselor, a member of the Tactical Arrest and Containment team (TAC), and a member of the Hostage Negotiations Team.
Terry was held in high regard by his fellow officers, receiving the Associate Officer of the Year in 1980 and Officer of the Year in 1981. Terry was awarded the Brea Police Department's Medal of Honor in 1987, for his actions during an encounter with a gunman.
On May 22, 1996, while investigating a crime, Terry was struck by a train and killed. Terry is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.