RANCHO PALOS VERDES (CBSLA) — A Gardena motorcycle officer who died in a crash as he was on his way to work was remembered Friday at a memorial service in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The public service for Officer Toshio Hirai, 34, was held at Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel, 27501 S. Western Ave., Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast said.

Hirai was on his way to work on Nov. 14 when he and another vehicle crashed at Western Avenue at 238th Street in Harbor City. He died the next day at a hospital.

He was a 12-year veteran of the department. Hirai spoke five languages, and worked as a traffic investigator and was a member of the department’s SWAT team. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.

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