The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners recognized a group of Airport Police officers for recent honors at its meeting Jan. 23.
The officers included new interim Airport Police Chief Michael Hyams; Sgts. Masis Sossikian and Dennis Lau and Officer Pedro Uesugui, who are currently assigned to the Airport Police Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit; Officers Robert Mosquera and Thi Tran, who are currently assigned to the Patrol Services Section; and Security Officer Jose Luis Miranda, who is assigned to the Traffic Services Section.
Hyams was appointed to serve as interim chief of Airport Police Jan. 15. He has a diverse law enforcement background which includes 25 years of senior management and supervisory experience and nine years as a police legal advisor and professional standards expert.
Sossikian, Lau and Uesugui were recently honored at the Inglewood Annual Police and Fire Appreciation Day Luncheon for their participation in the planning, programming, and execution of Los Angeles World Airports’ new digital trunked radio, license plate recognition and in-car video systems.
The officers successfully coordinated the various projects with LAWA’s Information and Technology Group, vendors and Airport Police, LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said. Their leadership, talent, and dedication brought these projects to full fruition, she added.
On Jan. 1, Mosquera, a four year veteran, and Tran, who has two years with the department, were recognized for saving the life of a 49-year-old woman who was having a heart attack outside Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport. After responding to a call for help, Mosquera began cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while Tran retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Working together, the officers used the AED and continued CPR until the victim began breathing again, Lindsey said. After Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived, the woman was quickly transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.
Miranda, a 10-year veteran, was recognized for his outstanding customer service during the Thanksgiving holiday and won the LAX “Neutralize Irritations Customers Experience (NICE)” incentive program. The officer was part of the leadership team of traffic officers in charge of keeping the vehicular traffic moving throughout the airport in a courteous manner, during the busy holiday travel period.