Earley Jerome Terry, a retired officer of the Los Angeles World Airports police division and former president and vice president of the union serving airport police, passed away March 25.
Terry served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association and led the organization as vice president and president throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Terry was instrumental in ushering enhanced and refocused training of Los Angeles International Airport tenants, particularly security and traffic officers, to understand and embrace their new role in a post 9-11 world, said Marshall McClain, president of the airport police union.
Terry, who commanded respect among sworn and non-sworn officers, served as a leading voice in the critical mission of changing how LAX handled security at an unprecedented time in aviation policing, McClain noted.
Off duty, Terry led a non-police officer life that mirrored his law enforcement success, including his 20-year ownership and operation of E & J Locksmith, where he was developing a mentoring program for young men to enter the locksmith trade at the time of his death, McClain said.
He was an active member of the Figueroa Church of Christ, including singing in its choir and serving on the church’s library remodeling committee.
Terry enjoyed camping, was a RV and motor home enthusiast, loved music and he loved life itself, McClain said.
Remembrances may be made in the form desired by friends and sent to:
Inglewood Mortuary, 3801 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305