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Memorial freeway markers unveiled for fallen police officers

Memorial markers renaming portions of 710 and 91 freeways unveiled for slain Compton officers Kevin Burrell, James Johnson, and Dess Phipps COMPTON — Families, fellow officers, friends, and community members gathered Nov. 19, at the Douglas

Memorial markers renaming portions of 710 and 91 freeways unveiled for slain Compton officers Kevin Burrell, James Johnson, and Dess Phipps

COMPTON — Families, fellow officers, friends, and community members gathered Nov. 19, at the Douglas Dollarhide Community Center in Compton to honor the memories of fallen Compton police officers Kevin Burrell, James Johnson, and Dess Phipps, who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson, a former police officer, authored ACR178 which allows for the renaming of portions of the 710 and 91 freeways, where memorial markers will be erected to honor the officers.

The memorial program began with an introduction by Compton Councilwoman Janna Zurita, musical selections by the Centennial High School Jazz Orchestra, and a presentation of flags by the Enterprise Middle School Color Guard.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Capt. Michael Thatcher, Lt. Eric Strong, Lt. Reginald Wright, and Deputy Gary Davis acknowledged the families and gave remarks, which included praise for Sgt. Frederick Reynolds, who pursued the special recognition for years before official help by Gipson and a legislative resolution moved the project forward.

 

 

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3 COMMENTS
  • Deborah Spottsville November 25, 2016

    The article should correct the last name of officer James MacDonald (not Johnson). Is a picture available of the marker for officers Kevin Burrell and James MacDonald?

  • Susan Adams November 23, 2016

    Councilwoman Jana Zurita, thank you for keeping this flame alive. It was a long process and the Citizens of Compton appreciates your hard work and the effort it took to honor theses officers who truly are so deserving. We salute our fallen officers and Councilwoman Jana Zurita.

  • Satra November 22, 2016

    I want to thank Councilwoman Janna Zurita for being the impetus to encourage the Assemblyman to author the resolution. She should also be acknowledged for raising the $10,000 necessary to purchase and install the signs. She hosted this event. Thank you Councilwoman Janna Zurita!

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