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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Services are set this week for a Southern California motorcycle officer who was recently killed when he collided with another officer during a police funeral.

Police said a memorial service will be held Friday at a Cypress church followed by a burial for 44-year-old Hawthorne police Officer Andrew Garton.

The married father of two boys was killed last week when he was helping escort a funeral procession for a fellow law enforcement officer who had died of cancer. Garton was involved in a collision with Sgt. Rex Fowler of the El Segundo Police Department.

Garton was thrown into oncoming traffic and struck a sedan head-on. Fowler suffered a broken leg.

Garton was the first Hawthorne Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty in its 89-year history.

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