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Monday, May 17, 2010

Media Relations

17 LAPD Officers to Be Awarded the Distinguished Medal of Valor NA10119rf

Jamie Lee Curtis Hosts Ceremony to Highlight Officers’ Exceptional Heroism

What:     
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck will present the  Department’s highest honor to 17 recipients at the 49th Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony.  This year’s mistress of ceremonies will be acclaimed actress, author and community advocate Jamie Lee Curtis, who will vividly narrate and bring to life this year’s stories.         

When:       
Thursday May 20, 2010
11:30 a.m. – Luncheon Begins
12:30 p.m. – Media Check-in

Where:   
The Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd., 5th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90028

Who:       
District 3 Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine
District 5 Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz
District 12 Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith
City Controller Wendy Greuel
Los Angeles Police Commissioners
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck
Mistress of Ceremonies: Actress, Author & Community Advocate, Jamie Lee Curtis
17 Medal of Valor Honorees

Why:       
To honor and recognize police officers who have distinguished themselves with conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of police service.  Demonstrations of great courage among this year’s award recipients include harrowing rescue attempts from burning cars and a prolonged SWAT Team call out involving a very dangerous suspect in which one officer sacrificed his life and another was seriously injured.

Chief of Police Charlie Beck will present the Medal of Valor to the recipients at this moving ceremony before an anticipated 1,000 guests, including:

- Civic, business and community leaders
- Local, state and federal law enforcement officials
- Colleagues, family and friends of award recipients

Additional:   
The Los Angeles Police Foundation will host the 49th Medal of Valor Awards Luncheon and is the largest source of private funding for the LAPD.  The Foundation's mission is to create partnerships to provide resources and programs that help the police improve our communities.  For more information regarding the foundation, please visit: www.lapolicefoundation.org.

Contact:    
For additional information, please call Officer Sara Faden, LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

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