Michael Paul D'Amico 1948-2007 Michael Paul D'Amico of Hermosa Beach passed away at the age of 58 on April 25, 2007. He was born and raised in Manhattan Beach. Michael was a graduate of American Martyrs, Mira Costa High School and Cal State University at Long Beach. He served on the Hermosa Beach Police Department during the 1970's before joining the El Camino College Administration of Justice Department as a faculty member. In 1990, he was promoted to Chief of Police for the College. He was honored and respected by the law enforcement community in which he played many leadership roles, including his involvement in the University Police Chief Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

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  1. His motto was “live life to its fullest.” He was my most favorite uncle that I will never forget. I appreciate everyones support of the families: Beeles, Hartline, and D’Amico.

  2. Michael taught several of my police science courses at El Camino College in the mid ’80’s. He was a kind person and always made me laugh. He told stories about his life experiences and made me feel hopeful about my future. He was passionate about his work. His gift to the world is that he inspired many young men and women to set goals and pursue their dreams. At the time that i was enrolled in El Camino i had to carry a heavy course load…up to 15 units while working full time. Mr. D’Amico encourage me to hang in there. My heart sank when i saw his obituary. I remember walking in to his class and always being greeted with a smile or a greeting……my prayers are with his family.

  3. Dear Mmebers of the D’Amico Family: Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Mike. During my years as an employee of El Camino College, I had many chances to see Mike. He was always jovial, kind and caring. He boosted me when I was down and shared in the laughter and joy on the many, many good days. His students loved him and learned so much about life from him. His officers and staff respected him and he will be dearly missed by the El Camino Community. I share in your grief. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of adjustment.

  4. Mike is the reason I am a police officer today. Mike was my police science teacher in the mid seventies, and he suggested I test for the Hermosa Beach “reserves” in 1975. Mike was a young, good looking, funny teacher who co-taught with Dr. Hampton. They made a great Felix and Oscar team! Mike really did care about his students, and back then, he could change classes around and keep you focused on your police science major. You were a good man, Mike…I will miss you. Sergeant Charlie Leonard…Hawthorne.

  5. Michael hired me as his student worker for AJ in 1991. I continued to work for him in the AJ dept. after he became Chief in 1993. When I moved over to Fire Tech. in 1997, we would still see each other on the campus. He was a truly great man and always had a smile for everyone. He will be deeply missed.

  6. Chief D’Amico- What a sweet, wonderful & caring person, who always saw the potential in people!!! I cherish the five years I spent as a member of his beloved So. Bay Reserve Academy staff!! I will forever be grateful for being allowed to be a part of such an amazing team – Ward, Robinson, Do, Borbon, and of course, Chief D’Amico. I will truly miss seeing that smile in the middle of the night during South Bay DUI Task Force!!! God speed.

  7. Just a short note from a local beach boy who knew Mike from our high school days at Costa. I’ll always remember that great smile and that unique laugh, even after high scholl when you were in your police unit cruising the streets of Hermosa.

  8. I was devastated to learn of Mike’s passimg. I always looked forward to his dental visit. I loved his upbeat attitude and beautiful smile. The world lost a great person and will be sorely missed. I felt honored to know Mike.

  9. It was quite a while ago, but I remember Mr. D’Amico being one of the nicest, most humorous teachers at El Camino. I enjoyed his AJ classes and I’m sorry to hear that he left this world so soon.

  10. Mike often visited the staff in human resources, and he would stop by my desk to say hello and shoot the breeze a bit. His cheeful manner and warm hearted laugh were always available no matter what was going on. He was a great friend and I will truly miss him. May God ease the pain of this loss to Mike’s parent’s and family.

  11. We were so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. It seems like yesterday we were all in high school. He was so full of life. I remember him driving an ambulance in our driveway late one night and flashing all the lights, to wake us up. I think we all slept right though it! Our prayers are with you. Donna Golbach and Denice Buckland (Sinclair)…”the twins”

  12. I will remember Michael’s pleasant smile and the laughs we shared while I worked at ECC HR. I will never forget when we threw him a surprise party for his 50th bday at the college. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him and loved him. He will stay in our hearts forever~

  13. I was deeply saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. I had the opportunity to work with him for many years as the dispatcher for the DUI Task Force. His outgoing personality and humor made him a very likeable person. He will be greatly missed.

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