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May 8th, 2014 by Temple City Tribune
Digital billboards throughout the SoCal Region honor local officers who fell in the line of duty during 2013
Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) and The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund announced a partnership today in support of the organization’s 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil to honor fallen law enforcement officers. To help raise awareness for and drive participation in the Vigil, CCO will be donating space on its digital billboards throughout the country. The Candlelight Vigil, which will take place on May 13 at 5 p.m. PST, will honor the 286 U.S. law enforcement officers whose names are being formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. As part of this effort, CCO will also be honoring fallen officers in local communities, including Los Angeles, by displaying their images on local digital billboards.
In Southern California, Officer Leonard Luna Jr. of Hawthorne P.D., Officer Keith Lawrence of the USC Public Safety Department and Officer Jon Steven Coutchie of Laguna Beach P.D. are being remembered on billboards throughout the region. The three local officers, who fell in the line of duty during 2013, will be honored as they are added to the National Memorial this year.
“After committing themselves to a life of service watching over our communities, these officers made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and we are honored to stand with the Memorial Fund in remembering their esteemed dedication,” said Layne Lawson, director of public affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor. “Here in Los Angeles and across the U.S., we are all indebted to these heroes and their families. During this year’s Police Week, we urge all Angelenos to take a moment and remember the sacrifice these officers made for our communities.”
The digital billboards in Los Angeles will run images remembering the fallen officers into next week when, on May 13 at 5 p.m. PST, the boards, along with 1,100 others nationwide, will pause for 24 seconds on a single iconic National Police Week image in remembrance of the 286 U.S. law enforcement officers who are being formally dedicated on the National Memorial. CCO is also running images that encourage the public to donate to the Memorial Fund’s United by Light program and to dedicate a virtual candle with a personalized message in honor of a special officer. Altogether, it is estimated that the nationwide, two-week outdoor campaign will reach 37 million people.