Los Angeles Airport Police officers took part in a boot run and an annual basketball tournament late last month to honor the memory of fallen officer Tommy Scott near the fifth anniversary of his death.
Scott was the first Airport Police officer killed in the line of duty on April 29th, 2005 after he attempted to stop a suspicious man who carjacked his patrol car near Los Angeles International Airport. Last year his killer, William Sadowski, was convicted of carjacking and first-degreee murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On April 28th, a day before the fifth anniversary of Scott’s death, Airport Police officers completed a memorial run in their boots and tactical gear with other officers trailing on bicycles to honor Scott and recognize his sacrifice.
The run started at the Airport Police station, continued to the Tommy Scott Memorial Plaque on Lincoln Boulevard and finished back at the station.
On April 24th, the Los Angeles Airport Police division hosted its Second Annual Tommy Scott Basketball Tournament at the Westchester Park basketball auditorium in Westchester.
The event was a fundraiser for Airport Police officers who are participated in the Annual Police Unity Tour May 9th through 12th. The bicycle tour is an event in which hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the nation ride their bicycles over 300 miles starting in Florham, New Jersey and ending in Washington, D.C to honor all officers killed in the line of duty.
As part of the event, Airport Police officers joined families of loved ones and other law enforcement at the National Peace Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Nine Airport Police officers participated in the ride, including officers Michael Dear, Sophia Gallegos, Shawnee Rogers, Fritz Corros, Andrew Allen and Dawn Davis; sergeants Troye Holmes and Joe Espitia; and Capt. LaPonda Fitchpatrick.