Redondo Coast Guard officer honored at funeral

Josh Grossberg
December 10, 2012
Redondo Beach Coast Gaurd dead, Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, Panga Boat, Drugs Redondo Beach, Jim Caldwell

Officials salute during the presentation of colors at the memorial ceremony for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III on Saturday afternoon. Horne, the Executive Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, died Sunday from injuries sustained while conducting maritime law enforcement operations off the California coast. (Photo by Brittany Murray)

He was a loving husband, a devoted father, a caring mentor.

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was a lot of things to a lot of people.

On Saturday, hundreds of family, friends and military personnel attended a memorial service for Horne, a 34-year-old Redondo Beach resident who was killed Dec. 2 while trying to inspect a motor-driven fishing boat running with no lights on.

“My crew and I are going to miss him more than words can express,” said Lt. Stewart Sibert, the skipper of the Cutter Halibut, the ship Horne was on when it was rammed by the panga. “I truly believe the word is a dimmer place without him. I can’t imagine my time on the Halibut without him.”

Several Coast Guard vessels idled in the water off the San Pedro Coast Guard facility where the ceremony took place under a gray sky. Joining the speakers at the private service were Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp.

Sitting in the front row was Horne’s pregnant wife, Rachel, and his two sons, Kade and Miller.

The Rev. Dave Carpenter – who is Rachel Horne’s cousin – told the family that they would not be alone in their mourning. And he reminded them that their pain was to be expected.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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