Rio Hondo honors fallen officers

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Rio Hondo honors two former Rio Hondo Police academy officers outside of the Administration of Justice Department at the Police Academy Memorial, on Feb. 23

The Los Angeles Airport Police in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Santa Fe Springs Office will hold a symbolic ceremony for CHP Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law at the Rio Hondo College Police Academy Memorial, Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Officers Gonzalez and Law who were killed on Monday morning in the line of duty in Fresno have family members in Southern California. Regional public safety officers will honor them and the ceremony will be held in front of the Rio Hondo College Police Academy Memorial with approximately 10 officers from both agencies attending.

Gonzalez died from head trauma and Law of trauma to the chest in a traffic accident. Gonzalez was driving when investigators say he likely tried to avoid a road hazard and overcorrected; flipping the car over. According to police reports, both officers died instantly.

Dozens of officers who were first responders on Monday met with professional counselors as part of a critical incident debrief.

As many mourn the fall of the two CHP officers, many will come together at the Police Academy Memorial this Sunday.

“This is a noble cause for the Rio Hondo College Police Academy to partner with agencies and other police academies to honor the service of these fallen officers, “ said Associate Dean of Public Safety Division Don Mason.

“Two of our patrol cars will be present as a gesture of respect and honor for the fallen officers during this brief yet meaningful ceremony in front of our academy’s memorial statue.”

Joining Don Mason will be Dean of Public and Safety Academic Programs Dr. Ygnacio “Nash” Flores and Los Angeles Airport Police Lieutenant Masis Sossikian, also a Police Academy Operations Specialist at Rio Hondo College.

Officer Gonzalez was from Tulare. His body will be heading to the South Valley for the next few days.

The body of Officer Law will remain in Fresno with the funeral is set for next week.