CONTACT: Sergeant Belinda Nettles
LOS ANGELES AIRPORT POLICE TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL TOMMY E. SCOTT MEMORIAL RUN AT LAX
(Los Angeles, California – April 29, 2014) Los Angeles Airport Police Division hosted the Third Annual Tommy E. Scott 5K Memorial Run on, April 30, beginning 7:30 a.m. in front of the Airport Police Station. The 5K run was held in honor of Airport Police Officer Tommy E. Scott, who was killed in the line of duty on April 29, 2005. All proceeds from the event go toward the Tommy E. Scott Scholarship Fund.
Officer Scott was the first Airport Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty in the 68 year history of the force. He joined Los Angeles Airport Police in 2001 and was 35 years old at the time of his death. Officer Scott was killed after stopping a suspicious man in a vehicle near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) fence line. The suspect, William Sadowski, was convicted of carjacking and first-degree murder on November 16, 2009, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The route for the 5K memorial run began at the Airport Police Station at 6320 West 96th Street, Los Angeles, crosses the 96th Street Bridge, turns north onto Sepulveda Boulevard, west onto Westchester Parkway, south onto a stretch of Lincoln Boulevard commemorated to Officer Scott and where a memorial was installed against the north perimeter fence of LAX, and ends again at the Airport Police Station.
No full road closures occurred. However, temporary lane closures occured when the runners and police vehicle escorts reached each traffic-light of the route. Motorists were advised to use caution while runners are in the area.
“I am proud to be a part of an organization with a group of people who are dedicated to preserving the memory of a great man,” Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said. “We will never forget his service to the aviation community and will always remember his sacrifice.”
Officer Scott’s parents, Hubert and JoAnn Carter-Scott, attended. He is also survived by a brother, Hubert Scott, Jr.
The 5K run was open to all airport police personnel with no registration fee. However, donations may be made to the Tommy E. Scott Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Association of Airport Employees.
The Los Angeles Airport Police Division is the nation's premier, aviation law-enforcement agency with over 1,100 specially trained police officers, security officers, and civilian staff protecting Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International, and Van Nuys airports.
As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.
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