Fritz Grimsley, OCATT/CHP Sergeant, was OCATT... He
was there from the start in 1993, making the program what it is today.
Fritz retired officially on August 1, 2004 from the CHP.
Fritz passed away on September 14, 2004.
His funeral was held on Thursday, September 23, 2004
1000 hours at the Calvary Chapel, 3800 S. Fairview, Santa Ana.
His burial took place at Pacific View Cemetary, 3500
Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.
A reception was held later that afternoon by family
and friends to have a toast to the "Fritzer" as retired OCATT/OCDA Investigator
Art DeLuca liked to call him. The reception was held at the Newport
Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.
To download the funeral folder from the CHP, click
here. (315kb .pdf file)
To download the funeral folder from the family, click
here. (407kb .pdf file)
To read more about Fritz, click
I also would like to share an e-mail message I received
from Alan Anami, former Auto Theft Lieutenant at Honolulu PD and a definite
friend of Fritz...(if any of you attended the 1993 WSATI Training Seminar
in Shell Beach, you'll remember all the people introducing themselves and
adding "friend of Fritz Grimsley."...there was a reason he had so many
friends and I think Alan captures it pretty well)... Gary
Subject: Re: Fritz
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 02:03:48 -1000
From: alan t anami <firstname.lastname@example.org>
thanks for all the updates. i was looking into
getting a flight into orange county airport via aloha airlines for the
funeral, but it looks like it won't be happenning. if i can make
it, i surely will be arriving in the honolulu police department's class
"a" uniform for a class "a" guy. it might still be a possibility
but the options appear to be getting slimmer.
i really wanted to be there and share the moment with
everyone. i had some interesting email with the "professor" over
the years and wanted to share them with the ocatt boys. one part
of your notification was wrong though.......the professor may have been
the last of the gunfighters, but he was not the last of the GUNSLINGERS.
all those who knew and learned from him were deputized by fritz to be GUNSLINGERS
whether they knew it or not. it was his way of being assured that the gunfight
against crime and the bad guys would always be carried on because we are
the last defense, the thin blue line.
in his last email to me dated 08-14-04, fritz told
me that he did retire after 38 years "on the job", and was looking forward
to receiving his first retirement check on 09-01-04. he also told
me that he was looking forward to taking sue to the wsati conference in
late september, as it would be her first time she would have gone anywhere
in almost 3 years.
he told me about the "going away party" the boys at
the "cat house" gave him, and how 130 present and previous associates of
ocatt over the past 11 years showed up! how could you guys run out
of beer and food by 3 pm? tactical and operational error? i thought
ocatt never makes mistakes!
fritz went on to relate that one of his greatest
accomplishments was making chp provide him his "ride" for 32 of his 38
years, and 30 of them were in plainclothes! but then again he surmised,
maybe it was because chp just knew better, and just kept him away from
he promised me that when sue got stronger, that he
would bring her back to hawaii, because the last time they had been here
was in '68, on their honeymoon! 1968! i was in the 8th grade
just becoming proficient in boosting rides! he promised we would
consume a few beers, and swap war stories into the wee hours of the night.
he then thanked me for being his friend and keeping
in touch, and that he would meet up with me on the shores of oahu one day
he then ended his message as always.........FRITZ....."El
diablo Sergeante 'de las Pantera negres". i asked him once at a title
and odometer seminar being held in l.a., what the hell all that gibberish
was about. he just smiled that big smile he always had when he knew
he had you, and you had no idea what was going on. he then related
that the leader of a gang of spanish speaking gang bangers and auto thieves
had told him, that was what they called him, as they were ALL BEING ARRESTED
FOR AUTO THEFT!.......THE DEVIL SERGEANT OF THE BLACK CATS.......ohhhhhhh
how the professor LOVED that name!......."El Diablo Sergeante 'de las Pantera
negres.......THE DEVIL SERGEANT OF THE BLACK CATS.......THE PRIME MOVER
OF THE OCATT BOYS. fritz really loved that moniker, almost as much
as he loved the boys at ocatt. but nothing he loved more than the love
of his life, his wife sue.
so on thursday, if i'm not physically there, spiritually
i will be. so if you hoist a few that day in memory of Sergeant Robert
Grimsley, hoist a few for me. i'll be hoisting a few for fritz in
To Sergeant Robert Grimsley. To El Diablo Sergeante
'de las Pantera negres. To the Devil Sergeant of the Black Cats.
To the Professor. To my friend. May God keep you close in his arms,
and coveted in his heart. May God speed you on your journey, and
Bless you always. You will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
But rest in peace and be assured that the job you started will be kept
on, and that the world will be a better and safer place for all who inhabit
it, because of you. Aloha. Okole Maluna.
aloha..............."the wave", just one of fritz'