A Santa Monica man that died during a Hawaii vacation has been identified as Santa Monica Police Officer Rashad Riley.
According to the County of Kauai, Riley jumped off the point at Shipwreck’s and was swimming back to shore when he apparently encountered trouble near the rocky area at about 2:40 p.m. on April 12.
Lifeguards, firefighters and aircraft responded to the scene and conducted a search. Riley’s body was located at approximately 3:20 p.m. aircraft with the help of surfers, who were also assisting in the search.
Lifeguards on jet ski recovered his unresponsive body and brought him to shore. He was transported to a local where doctors pronounced him dead.
On April 17, the Santa Monica Police Officers Association released a statement on his death.
“Officer Riley was a beloved friend to all who knew him, and mentor to local youth in both the Santa Monica Police Explorer and Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) programs,” said the statement. “He served the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) with great pride, courage and integrity for the past three years. Officer Riley was a cherished member of the Department’s Homeless Liaison Program. With an infectious and genuine smile, he always demonstrated compassion and empathy when interacting with the community.”
According to the POA, Riley had a wife and three children.
“Officer Riley will be truly missed by his SMPD family, all those who served the City of Santa Monica along with him, and all community members he so deeply touched,” said the statement.
A GoFundMe page has been established to collect donations on behalf of Officer Riley’s family; GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/supporting-the-family-of-officer-rashad-riley. Contact the SMPOA Office at email@example.com, or (310) 393-1003, regarding donations by check.