Retired Arcadia Police Chief Loses Battle With Prostate Cancer


Retired Arcadia Police Chief Ronnie Garner. – Courtesy photo / City of Arcadia

Chief Garner passed away Tuesday evening, July 16, after a long hard-fought battle with prostate cancer.

Chief Garner had a distinguished law enforcement career, spanning over 30 years across three agencies, rising through the ranks to become the Deputy Chief at Beverly Hills Police Department and culminating as Chief of Police here in Arcadia.  Chief Garner was instrumental in starting the P.A.C.E. Unit (Peaceful Arcadia through Community Efforts) in late 1996.  As part of the unit, a substation was opened in the Westfield Shoppingtown Mall where officers administered the Department’s D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program and various community outreach efforts. Chief Garner retired on Sept. 9, 1999.

Ronnie was a proud Vietnam veteran and beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was married to his cherished wife, Paula, for over 50 years. He leaves an indelible legacy of admiration and respect with those who both knew and loved him, and will be deeply missed.

Services for Chief Garner will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019, as follows:

Funeral at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
2497 Cozy Hill Circle
Henderson, NV 89012
Viewing at 10 a.m. with funeral services at 11 a.m.

Graveside Service with Military Honors at noon
Palm Mortuary – Eastern
7600 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Our condolences go out to the entire Garner family.  Chief Garner was just a few months shy of his 75th Birthday.


July 24, 2019

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