WHAT: Screening of Documentary IN THE LINE OF FIRE and Panel Discussion with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Medal of Valor Winner Retired LAPD Sgt. Hector Feliciano and Univision Senior Reporter Oswaldo Boraez.
WHEN: Thursday, July 30, 2015
4:00 p.m. Doors Open for Media Set-up 5:00 p.m. Screening of IN THE LINE OF FIRE Panel Discussion Media Availability
WHERE: Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium 100 W. First Street Los Angeles, California 90012
WHO: Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Retired LAPD Sgt. Hector Feliciano FOX 11 News Anchor Laura Diaz Univision Senior Reporter Oswaldo Boraez Henry Schleiff, Group President, Discovery Networks Kevin Bennett, General Manager, Investigation Discovery Sara Kozak, SVP of Production, Investigation Discovery
WHY: Across the United States every day, brave men and women in blue risk their lives to serve and protect all Americans. With daily headlines denouncing the negative and harmful acts of law enforcement, Investigation Discovery (ID) turns its cameras on the professionals to explore the critical role so many officers play in protecting and serving. Presented by legal analyst Rikki Klieman, IN THE LINE OF FIRE brings viewers into the heat of the moment to experience the stunning split-second decisions that changed the course of events and tells, first-hand, emotional stories of survival from the police officers themselves.
One of the stories featured in the documentary is an account from the morning of November 9, 2004, at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, 19-year-old Manuel Ortiz took a pregnant Consulate employee, Dunia Gonzalez, hostage at gunpoint. At that moment, Sgt. Hector Feliciano, a 22-year veteran of the LAPD, was in the right place at the right time to witness the ensuing panic and act quickly as the first responder. Taking cover in a nearby security booth that provided access to surveillance footage from multiple security cameras on the property, Sgt. Feliciano watched as Ortiz forced Gonzalez toward the exit with a gun pressed to her back. Sgt. Feliciano then made a bold and selfless decision to leave the security booth and put himself in the line of fire, following them toward a large crowd of onlookers and repeatedly demanding the gunman drop his weapon. Finally, as the gunman became distracted by the crowd, Sgt. Feliciano saw his chance and fired a single shot, hitting Ortiz and releasing the fearful hostage. He would later receive the Medal of Valor, LAPD’s highest honor.
ABOUT INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY: Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television and America’s favorite “guilty pleasure.” From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, ID challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation’s fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 86 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD).
CONTACT: For more information about the IN THE LINE OF FIRE program, please call Police Officer Jack Richter, LAPD Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910. For more information about Investigation Discovery, please contact Allie Baker at (240) 662-5887, or Allison_Baker@discovery.com. You may also contact Reenie Kuhlman (240) 463-5068, or Reenie_Kuhlman@discovery.com.
To view the documentary, please visit the Press Website and use the password “FIRE”: http://ahc.cmail1.com/t/ViewEmail/d/6E167E51582A54F0/5BC06784FE4623229A8E73400EDACAB4