The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Police Division recently recognized 14 officers for courageous acts of heroism and bravery during the division’s second bi-annual awards ceremony at the Flight Path Learning Center near Los Angeles International Airport.
At the event, Airport Police Sgts. Ronald Hall and Ralph Valencia received commendations for dedication to duty. The Alfred E. Turner Humanitarian Service Medal was awarded for the first time by the division and presented to Officer Mark Corral by retired Airport Police Sgt. Alfred E. Turner.
Officers Rodolfo Bojorguez, Clayton Kadekawa, Alexis Chan, Danny Tung, Robert Fortenberry and Joshua Ulatowski received Lifesaving Medals for saving air travelers’ lives using automated external defibrillators located inside the passenger terminals. Officers Burt Davis, Francis Smith, Shawn Smith and Sgt. Ernest Cruz received the Police Star for taking into custody a man who alleged he was a terrorist with a bomb while holding a backpack in front of a terminal at LAX, an Airport Police spokeswoman said.
Also honored was Det. Lauren Peaks, who received the Police Cross for coming to the rescue of an attempted suicide jumper from a bridge near the airport entrance.
“It is a privilege to present commendations and pin medals on the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to meet the highest standards of Airport Police’s daily mission,” Airport Police Chief George R. Centeno said.
Among other officials who attended the ceremony were Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl of the 11th District that includes LAX; Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Michael Lawson and Commissioner Fernando Torres-Gil; LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey; and Airport Police Assistant Chiefs Brian Walker, Ethel McGuire and Michael Hyams.