SANGER – The city of Sanger and its police department is mourning the loss of a first-year officer who was killed earlier this week in an off-duty vehicle accident.
Manvir “Manny” Dhanoa, 26, died when the 2022 Tesla he was driving lost control on Millerton Road near Sky Harbor Drive, struck a culvert and overturned at about 5:25 a.m. Tuesday, June 13. He was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol. A 23-year-old female passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
“The Sanger Police Department extends its deepest condolences to Officer Dhanoa’s family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones during this immensely difficult time,” Sanger Police Chief Greg Garner said in a news release. “We stand with them in their pain and sorrow, offering our unwavering support and assistance as they navigate this tragic loss.”
Dhanoa had been with the department for just over two months, having started his position officially on March 27. He was formally sworn in and pinned along with three other officers during an April 20 ceremony at the Sanger City Council regular meeting.
“Officer Dhanoa’s memory and his dedication to protecting and serving our community will forever be cherished,” Garner said via news release.
Garner and the department said in the news release that Dhanoa’s death leaves “a profound void within our department and the community he served.”
“His enthusiasm for serving his community was evident from the moment he joined the force. He possessed a deep commitment to upholding the law and ensuring public safety, traits that made him a valued member of our department,” the statement read.
The department expressed gratitude to first responders, paramedics and medical personnel who worked to attempt to save Dhanoa’s life after the crash. Officers and SPD staff members have been active in providing support to grieving family members.
In honor of Officer Dhanoa, flags at all city facilities will be flown at half-mast until he is laid to rest. The community is invited to pay their respects by leaving messages of condolence at the Sanger Police Department’s headquarters, where a memorial has been established in front of the entrance.