The Mountain View Police Department family is a little smaller today with the unfortunate passing of former officer Everett “Ev” Tedder. Ev only worked at MVPD for 3 months. His career came to an abrupt end early one evening in the winter of 1967 when he was shot in the line of duty. He had been called to assist at a domestic disturbance and was ambushed by the husband as he made his way to the back door of an apartment on Escuela Street. He was shot in the leg with a shotgun at very close range. Ev’s injuries made it impossible for him to continue to work as a Police Officer and he retired as a result. Much of his care was provided by the wives of other MVPD officers since there was no other system in place at the time for catastrophic injuries like his.
Throughout this episode, and the grueling recovery and rehabilitation that followed, Ev remained one of the nicest, most upbeat, and humble people you could meet. He still proudly carried his old badge #29 in his wallet.
In 2009, MVPD surprised officer Tedder during an awards ceremony where he received the Mountain View Police Department’s Purple Heart Award for the injuries he sustained on that fateful night in 1967. He is pictured here receiving his award from Police Chief Scott Vermeer. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to Ofc. Tedder’s family and loved ones. He will be missed.