2013 Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony Honors 42 LAPD Heroes
Thanks to Verizon for being the 2013 Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony Presenting Sponsor. Pictured here is Glenn Eggert, Business to Business Director for the Southern California Region of Verizon Wireless, accepting a special LAPF plaque from Chief Beck, Mayor Garcetti and LAPF Board Chair Jim Wiatt.
On Thursday, September 19, 42 LAPD heroes were awarded the Department's highest honors - the Medal of Valor or the Purple Heart award - at the Second Annual Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and nearly 850 guests were joined by Master of Ceremonies Chris Schauble from KTLA to honor the LAPD officers who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep our city safe.
Schauble retold the harrowing, inspiring and crime-fighting stories of the officers' exceptional bravery and heroism that included incidents going all the way back to 1946. Some made the ultimate sacrifice and many still carry the wounds they received during the incidents for which they were recognized.
Events inspiring the awards include the 1965 "Surry Street Shootout" in Hollywood, during which a man causing a disturbance and armed with a shotgun, rifle and revolver took an officer hostage and barricaded himself inside a house. For 90 minutes, 50 officers battled with the suspect until teargas finally enabled them to take him into custody. Three of today"s honorees are veterans of the historic shootout, which led Daryl F. Gates changing police tactics for handling snipers and barricaded criminals. Thus was born the elite, well-known Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, commonly known as the SWAT Team.
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Luella Tralle and David Tralle, daughter and grandson of LAPD Reserve Policeman George Booker Mogle, accept the Purple Heart on his behalf from Chief Charlie Beck. Mogle was tragically killed while apprehending a robbery suspect in 1946.
Chief Beck poses with retired LAPD officer Ronald G. Mueller who was presented the Purple Heart for critical injuries he received in the "Surry Street Shootout".
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