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Frederick W. Farnam


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Frederick W. Farnam Obituary
Frederick W. Farnam
1943-2018
Our beloved father, Frederick W. Farnam, passed away in his home on May 18, 2018, at the age of 74.
Fred was born June 5, 1943, to Kenneth and Ethel Farnam in Rochester, New York. The family moved to California when Fred was 3 years old and it was his home from then on.
After Fred graduated from Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, CA in 1961, he enlisted in the Air Force during the Viet Nam conflict. He served most of his term in Japan working with the Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1965, at which time he began working for the South Bay Daily Breeze newspaper as a photo engraver.
In 1974, the opportunity presented itself for Fred to realize his life-long dream of becoming a police officer. He was sworn in as a Redlands Reserve Police Officer. He was hired on as a regular officer in 1975 and attended the Riverside County Sheriff's Academy.
Fred gained recognition with the Redlands Police Depart as being the first Hostage Negotiator on the department. As a result of his heroism and bravery during a hostage situation, he was awarded the Medal of Valor presented to him personally by the Attorney General of the State of California.
During his years with the Redlands Police Department, Fred worked as a Traffic Officer, Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and a Detective in the Juvenile Division.
He also served as the coordinator of the Law Explorer program and assistant coordinator of the Mounted Police program. He retired from the Redlands Police Department in 1994 with the rank of Corporal.
Fred was a beloved father, grandfather, husband, and brother. He is survived by his 5 children, 13 grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and a wife. The family will be celebrating his life at a private event. Rest in peace dad, we love you and will miss you,
Cheri, Scott, Gina, Shannon, and Michelle
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on June 8, 2018
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