[LASD] – Sheriff Lee Baca presided over the 43rd Annual Los Angeles County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, to commemorate the lives of those peace officers who died in the line of duty while serving the residents of Los Angeles County. Attending the memorial ceremony were numerous federal, state, and local dignitaries, in addition to family members, friends, and co-workers of the fallen officers.
Held in the beautiful Memorial Park at the Sheriff’s Training Academy and Regional Services (STARS) Center in Whittier, the ceremony included musical performances by members of law enforcement and the release of white doves on behalf of the fallen officers.
The names of the following officers were added to the Memorial Wall:
Officer Andrew S. Garton, Hawthorne Police Department, who died on May 26, 2011, as a result of injuries he sustained when his motorcycle collided with a motor officer from another police agency during a funeral procession for another fallen officer.
Officer Ryan E. Stringer, Alhambra Police Department, who died on July 10, 2011, when he was involved in a traffic collision with another patrol car responding to the same robbery in progress call.
Officer Anthony A. Giniewicz, Signal Hill Police Department, who died on December 7, 2011, after suffering complications from gunshot wounds he sustained on February 19, 1985, when he and his partner were involved in an off-duty gun battle with three robbery suspects.
In addition, historical research determined that the following deputy, previously killed in the line of duty, was deserving of his place on the Memorial Wall:
Deputy Constable Ed Brown, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who tragically died on September 14, 1924, when he was shot in the abdomen while responding to a disturbance call.
Bronze plaques with the names of the four officers now join the other 479 law enforcement officers whose names are inscribed on the Memorial Wall to honor their dedication to duty and the ultimate sacrifice they made.
As part of the ceremony, Sheriff Baca accepted a torch delivered by members of various law enforcement agencies following a three-day Memorial Torch Relay Run totaling 339 miles. The relay run commenced at the Sherman Block Sheriff’s Headquarters Building and traveled to each mainland Sheriff’s station. The Memorial Flame at the Los Angeles County Peace Officers’ Memorial Wall was ignited in tribute to the fallen officers.