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14 Officers to Receive Highest Honors Medal of Bravery, Purple Heart and Preservation of Life – NA22089ti

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October 17, 2022

WHAT:
The Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony.
During the official program, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore will present the department’s highest honors to 14 officers who knowingly and willfully put themselves in grave danger. FOX 11 News anchor Elex Michaelson will host the event and share the stories of heroism that accompany the body-worn and boarded-up videos by officers.

WHEN:
Thursday, October 20, 2022
• 11:30 a.m. program
• 12:15 p.m. Lunch
• 12:30 p.m. Prize-giving ceremony

WHERE:
Westin Bonaventure Hotel – California Ballroom
404 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90071

WHO:
• Los Angeles Police Chief Michel R. Moore
• Elex Michaelson, FOX 11 News Anchor
• Mark Jenkins, pilot rescued by LAPD officers after his plane crashed into a train track.

WHY:
Recognize real-life events that illustrate stories of bravery and heroism.

At the awards show, the public will view and listen to body-worn and in-car videos revealing some of the split-second, life-changing decisions officers face when serving the community. Some of the larger than life situations include:

• On Sunday, January 9, 2022, the pilot of a single-engine aircraft lost power shortly after takeoff and crashed into the train tracks. Foothill Division officers arrived at the intersection and immediately took action to rescue pilot Mark Jenkins, seconds before a Metrolink train collided with his plane. For reference, Mr Jenkins will attend the awards ceremony in support of the officers who saved his life.

• On May 28, 2021, Community Safety Partnership Office officers were working in South Park when they were told someone was drowning in the pool. The pool was filled with dirt and debris, making it almost impossible to see and locate the possible drowning victim. The officers, both of whom could not swim, jumped into the water to search for the drowned man. They found the person unconscious, brought them to the edge of the pool and administered CPR.

• On March 16, 2021, a man under the influence of narcotics, armed with an illegally manufactured rifle and pistol, fired in the air indiscriminately before barricading himself inside a house. The Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was called to the scene and the crisis negotiation team spent hours trying to establish a dialogue with the suspect. During their numerous attempts to negotiate his surrender, the suspect shot one of the SWAT officers several times. Bleeding profusely, the officer was removed from the line of fire as the suspect continued his serious attack. Shortly after, SWAT officers arrested the suspect and further danger to the community and the injured officer was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

• On a dark evening on January 13, 2021, Newton Division officers assisted with traffic control near a traffic accident. To draw attention to approaching motorists, officers used the police car’s amber lights in addition to their flashlights to direct and slow traffic. Most motorists followed the direction of officers and slowed down as they passed the car crash, but one driver did not slow down, swerved at high speed and hit one of the officers, causing injuries serious. After a valiant fight for his life, Officer Jose Anzora died of his injuries and will posthumously receive the prestigious Purple Heart Award.

• On January 9, 2021, an off-duty officer was at home when he heard a loud car crash. He got out and saw a car badly damaged in a collision and flames shooting out from under the hood. He rushed to help the driver out of the car and saw an unconscious driver wedged between the driver’s seat and the steering wheel. Despite the heavy smoke and extreme temperature, the off-duty officer pulled the driver from the burning car to safety.

• On July 27, 2018, officers from the Mission Division carried out a roadside check. When officers approached to speak with the driver, the driver aggressively opened the car door, pulled out a handgun and shot one of the officers. The suspect turned and shot the other officer who returned fire and stopped the deadly threat.

ADDITIONAL:
The Above & Beyond Ceremony is hosted by the Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides essential resources and vital support to the Los Angeles Police Department. The Foundation provides funding for essential equipment, advanced technology and upgrades, specialized training, community outreach, and youth programs that would otherwise go unfunded. The Foundation directly improves public safety, impacts officer preparedness, and improves quality of life. Since its founding in 1998, the LAPF has awarded more than $46 million in grants to help the LAPD serve at its highest level to keep our communities and families safe.

The 2022 Above and Beyond Awards Ceremony is presented by Crown Robinson Philanthropy.

INTERVIEWS:
Medal of Valour, Purple Heart and Life Preservation recipients will be available for interviews on Thursday, October 20, 2022. On the day of the event, please meet with the Division of Public Information Officers. LAPD media relations at the media level.

CONTACT:
For more information, please contact Police Officer Sara Faden, Office of the Chief of Staff, at (213) 841-2064. For more information about the Los Angeles Police Foundation, please call Dana Katz, LAPF Executive Director at (213) 489-4636, or visit: www.supportLAPD.org.