Thursday January 24, 2013 - LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division (VTD) honored 7 of their fallen heroes with a ceremony that brought retired officers, elected officials, and command staff under one tent on a rainy afternoon. The ceremony was a reunion of family, friends, and former patrol partners assigned to VTD.
Chief Beck was on hand for the ceremony that ended with the unveiling of the Fallen Officer Memorial, an artistic monument that stands 20 feet tall located in the main lobby/front desk of VTD. Incorporated in the monument are glass squares with an inscription of each fallen officer’s name.
Officer Chad Bigley with artist Tim Lampros presented Chief Beck with a metal LAPD badge art piece for the Chief's office. Also recognized at the ceremony was Captain Ivan Minsal who was presented an appreciation art piece by Officer Bryce Verna, Tim Lampros and the Valley Traffic Advisory Council. Councilmember Dennis P. Zine presented VTD a recognition certificate for their efforts in honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives.
Speakers also included Congressmen Tony Cardenas, Councilmembers Tom LaBonge, Mitchell Englander, and Paul Kortez.
VTD officers honored:
Charles Caraccilo End of Watch 6/21/1973
Paul Verna End of Watch 6/2/1983
Jack Evnas End of Watch 10/22/1983
Randy Marshall End of Watch 6/2/1987
Raymond Messerly End of Watch 10/21/1992
David Schmid End of Watch 12/16/1992
Clarence Dean End of Watch 1/17/1994