Pasadena Honors City’s Fallen First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty

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By BRANDON VILLALOVOS

5:55 pm | May 17, 2018


Pasadena paid homage to first responders who died in the line of duty Thursday morning at the 2018 Pasadena Police and Fire Memorial in front of City Hall in a solemn and moving tradition.

Seven Pasadena police officers and 10 firefighters have lost their lives serving the community.

“Today’s memorial is a somber reminder of the daily sacrifice of so many of our police and fire heroes. Each one of our fallen heroes were daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, and friends to us all. We shall never forget our fallen heroes nor their commitments and sacrifices they made to their communities,” said Interim Police Chief John Perez.

Pasadena’s memorial is one of many across the country hosted during National Police Week. During 2017 in the United States, 135 police officers died in Line of Duty Deaths (46 by gunfire) and 69 firefighters were on-duty fatalities.

Mayor Terry Tornek and Fire Chief Bertral Washington also spoke. The event included a ceremonial Law Enforcement 21-Gun Salute and Fire Service Ringing of the Bell.

“Since the beginning of time, firefighting has always been about the call to serve others, not about the call to serve self. For their desire to perform this service, firefighters align here today to say thank you to our fallen brothers. They are here to say thank you for your noble service. They are here to say thank you for blazing a path ahead of us,” said Washington.

A joint Police and Fire Color Guard Team presented the colors, Deputy Fire Chief Jon Trautwein played Taps, Firefighter Todd Witt performed “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes, Monet Bagneris (daughter of City Attorney Michele Bagneris) sang the National Anthem, and Pasadena High School Choir performed.

Family members of the fallen heroes were also honored with a public reading of their loved ones’ names and year of passing.

This tribute is important to the many families who return year-after-year.

“We are dedicated to giving the utmost respect to their families each and every year,” said Washington.