UPDATE | The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) today announced the funeral service arrangements for Officer Brian Collette, a nearly 20-year-veteran of the Long Beach police who died last week after a battle with cancer.
According to a release issued by the LBPD Tuesday, the funeral and interment details are as follows:
- Wednesday, August 26, 2015
- Cottonwood Church
- 4505 Katella Avenue, Cypress
- Immediately following church service
- Forest Lawn
- 4471 Lincoln Avenue
- Cypress, California
PREVIOUSLY: Nearly 20-year Long Beach Police Department Veteran Dies After Battle with Cancer
08/21/15 at 3:21PM | Police Officer Brian Collette, a nearly 20-year veteran with the Long Beach Police Department died Thursday, August 20, after a months-long battle with cancer, authorities announced.
The 42-year-old began his career with the LBPD in December 1995 and went on to hold different positions.
His assignments included working all patrol divisions as a DARE instructor, Emergency Operations Homeland Security Detail, administrative officer, SWAT technician, Explorer Program advisor, and in the Support Bureau Training Division, officials stated.
His most recent assignment was with the East Patrol Division.
Collette also received accolades for his work with the LBPD.
He was awarded a Meritorious Class B when, while on patrol in February of 2000, he and another officer assisted in the evacuation of school children whose classrooms were filled with smoke.
The officers had encountered a roofing truck engulfed in flames between two school buildings that led to multiple loud explosions.
At one point, Collette and his partner entered a smoke-filled building in search for missing children, when three explosions erupted.
The child was later found safe at a playground and the officers were treated for minor smoke inhalation.
Collete is survived by his son Kyle, 17, daughter Madison, 9, mother Connie, and father William, who is a retired LBPD officer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to the cancer society of an individual’s choice.
Above, left photo courtesy of the LBPD.