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News Release

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Media Relations

LAPD Officer Killed in Metrolink Disaster

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own after the Officer was killed during the crash between a Metrolink Commuter Train and Freight train Friday afternoon.

On September 12, 2008, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Police Officer III Spree Desha, was aboard the Metrolink train that crashed head on into a freight train in Chatsworth.  Officer Desha was killed on impact, leaving her family, friends and fellow Officers grieving her loss.

Officer Desha was appointed to the LAPD on February 12, 2001.  She worked a variety of assignments, but was most recently assigned to the Office of Operations as a Staff Researcher/Writer.

Officer Desha spent most of her career working in patrol, training new police officers.  She was well respected by her colleagues and supervisors alike.  For the majority of the past three years Officer Desha worked out of North Hollywood Community Police Station.  The men and woman who worked with her there have perhaps been hit hardest by her sudden loss.  North Hollywood Patrol Captain, Sharyn Buck expressed deep regret and sadness on behalf of the entire Division, “Officer Desha was a model officer.  She will be sorely missed by those of us who had the privilege to know and work with her.”

During her seven years of service Officer Desha had received thirty four commendations for performance and qualities that reflected her professionalism, attention to duty, productivity, and ability to connect with the community in positive ways.  During one rating period her supervisor wrote, “She approached her new assignment with enthusiasm and anticipation…She is an extremely effective officer.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

For additional information questions can be directed to Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.