OCEANSIDE — More than a dozen uniformed police officers stood along the back wall of the city council chambers and a half dozen members of the Bessant family sat in attendance at the Aug. 1 council meeting as City Council unanimously voted to rename the Pacific Street Bridge to honor Officer Dan Bessant.
Bessant was shot in the line of duty on Dec. 20, 2006 after serving the Oceanside Police Department for three years.
Police officers, family, council members and residents shared memories of the police officer, husband, father and Oceanside native.
“Dan, he was a homegrown good guy who loved being with kids,” Councilman Jack Feller said. “I don’t think he had regrets over his life.”
“The tribute means a lot to men and women in our organization,” Police Chief Frank McCoy said. “The harbor means a lot to the Bessant family.”
Dan’s father Steve shared memories of family times at the harbor and said the bridge is a very fitting memorial.
“There is a lot of meaning in that area for our family,” Steve Bessant said.
The city will work with the Bessant family to determine the exact wording to rename the bridge.