A veteran Los Angeles Airport Police officer died from medical complications May 9 after running an annual race held in the memory of another fallen Airport Police officer.
Officer Anthony Edwards, who served with the Los Angeles World Airports Police division for 12 years, had run in the 5k Memorial Run to honor Officer Tommy Scott May 8 before he became ill and was transported to a local hospital, said Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association. Edwards passed away the following afternoon surrounded by his family.
Scott, who was Edwards’ police academy classmate, was killed in the line of duty in April 2005. Edwards, 46, joined Airport Police on Oct. 7, 2001, and was assigned to Patrol Services at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
“The entire Airport Police force is saddened by the sudden loss of Officer Edwards, who was dedicated to supporting his fellow officers and to ensuring the safety and security of the traveling public,” said Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and close colleagues. Airport Police will honor Officer Edwards just as he was there to honor Officer Scott.”
Prior to joining Airport Police, Edwards worked as a security officer at LAX.
“Words cannot describe the loss and disbelief that accompanies the tragedy surrounding the circumstances of Anthony’s untimely death,” McClain said. “The Edwards family is in our thoughts and prayers. Anthony will be sorely missed.”
Edwards is survived by his wife of 25 years, Candace Edwards; 21-year-old son Anthony, Jr.; 24-year-old daughter Ashley; brothers Keith, Maurice, Donald and William; sisters Cynthia and Darlene Edwards, and Marsha Gilmore; as well as other relatives.
A memorial fund has been established by the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association at the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union. Credit union members may donate to this account online through PATROL Online Banking, or by phone using the CODE 3 phone system at (877) 695-2732. Donors are asked to enter account number 2075262 S4 and LOS (first three letters of the account name).
Those wishing to mail in a donation can make it payable to “Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association for Anthony Edwards” and send it to:
Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Attn: Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association for Anthony Edwards, P.O. Box 10188, Van Nuys, CA 91410.