Brooks, Charles B., a 45 year resident of Hermosa Beach , passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 in Torrance. Born in MA, Charles was 67 when he died. He is survived by Wife, Pat Brooks; Sons, Charles Brooks of MA. and James Brooks of Torrance; Daughters, Debbie Dahlberg of Ft. Meyers, Fl. and Pat Rousso of MA. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 , at the White & Day Mortuary in Hermosa Beach. Inurnment will be in Maine.

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  1. You don\’t know me but Chuck Brooks saved my life. Great opening line, huh? I was saddened to hear of his passing and wanted to let you know the story… My first daughter was 3 at the time so this happened back in 1976. Chuck was visiting my mother Marcia in Gardena when I popped in during my lunch break. An intruder broke into the house moments after I arrived and held me hostage with an ice pick. Chuck could not talk this crazy person into letting me go and ultimately threatened to get his gun if I was not let loose immediately. The guy wouldn\’t comply so Chuck went out to his car to get his gun. I was still being held by this guy when, from the corner of my eye, I could see Chuck pointing the gun at us. Bang! I struggled and got away. I ran past Chuck and out the back door. The guy was still trying to follow me. Bang! Chuck shot him again and he finally sat down. The shots Chuck fired were to the shoulder and mid-section. The guy lived to see his day in court. I ended up with a 5″ scar across my chest and a smaller one on the top of my head from the struggle to get away but the outcome could have been far worse if it had not been for Chuck. I don\’t live near Gardena any more but every so often when in the area I\’d drive by his machine shop. I was never able to catch him there until a couple of years ago. I\’m so glad now that I was persistent and got to see him, fill him in on my life since that event and show him my new little daughter. I\’ve never ever forgotton what Chuck did for me that day… and I never will. Denise

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