Los Angeles Airport Police officers will represent police agencies from the State of California at the annual National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial event in Washington, D.C. Friday through Monday, May 12th through 15th.
The event is a tribute to all officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2005.
“This is a tremendous honor in memory of our fallen hero officer Tommy E. Scott,” said Brian A. Walker, acting Los Angeles Airport Police chief.
Scott was the first Airport Police officer killed in the line of duty in the 60-year history of the Airport Police Division of Los Angeles World Airports, the Los Angeles City agency that operates the city’s airports, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.
National Police Week is a collaborative effort involving the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Concerns of Police Survivors and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.
The Los Angeles Airport Police Honor Guard is sending six of its members to the event, including Officers Shawna Smith, Caj Scott, Brian Davis, Sofia Gallegos and Mark Corral, and Sergeant George Holt.
The Honor Guard will participate in several of the ceremonies that will be held throughout the week of May 15th.
This includes leading the Emerald Societies’ Pipeband March, the candlelight vigil ceremony, the VIP Ceremony Escort Detail, the Survivors Vigil — guarding the Memorial Wall, the Memorial Day Services — flag bearers and the wreath laying ceremony, among many others.