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LAPD And Community Members Honor Law Enforcement Officers Killed In Line Of Duty In 2017

on May 16, 2018 - 9:01am

Los Alamos police participating in Tuesday morning's ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, from left, Cpl. Pete Garcia, Det. Joey Robinson, Det. Matt Lyon, Cpl. David Randleman, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Det. Ryan Wolking and Sgt. Chris Ross. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos police saluting the flag Tuesday morning, from left, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Sgt. Chris Ross, Det. Matt Lyon and Det. Ryan Wolking. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts emcees Tuesday's event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two New Mexico law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year were honored Tuesday morning during a ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Lea County Sheriff Stephen Ackerman, 46, died in January 2017 in a single-vehicle accident while on his way to join other sheriffs from around the state who were meeting with the state legislature. Navajo Division of Public Safety Tribal Police Ofc. Houston James Largo, 27, died in March 2017 from gunshot wounds he received while responding to a domestic violence call.

​Sheriff Ackerman served with the Lea County Sheriff's Office for 14 years as a patrol deputy, training specialist, lieutenant, captain and sheriff. He previously served at the Lea County Detention Center for 12 years.

Officer Largo worked for the McKinley County and Gallup Police Department before joining NDPS in 2012. He received the Indian Country Officer of the Year Award in 2016 and the Gallup City Officer of the Year Award during his first year with Gallup Police Department.

Chief Dino Sgambellone thanked the community for coming to the event to help the Department honor those who have died in the line of duty, to remember their sacrifice and the sacrifice of families.

He said there are 21,183 names of officers killed in the line of duty inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. and that preliminary numbers indicate that 128 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers died in the line of duty last year including 12 corrections officers.

Sgambellone said there were 47 incidents of traffic-related deaths, 44 officers were shot and killed, seven involved officers responding to domestic disputes.

“The number one circumstance was firearms related deaths. Ambush style attacks are a trend that unfortunately is continuing into 2018,” Sgambellone said, adding that 53 officers have died in the line of duty to date this year. “Each and every day brave men and women in law enforcement put themselves at risk to keep our society free from crime and disorder. Most of them return home to their loved ones but some are called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. We know that without their courage there would be no safety.”

 

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone welcomes community members to Tuesday's ceremony honoring fallen law enforcement officers. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, and Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland chat with Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera prior to Tuesday's ceremony. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos police Cpl. David Randleman was joined by his wife Jessica and their children for Tuesday's ceremony. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Community members and Los Alamos County personnel gather Tuesday morning for the Los Alamos Police Department ceremony in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel at Tuesday morning's ceremony at the Los Alamos Justice Center, from left, Battalion Chief Wendy Servey, Safety Division Chief James Thwaits and Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Chatting prior to Tuesday morning's ceremony honoring fallen police officers, from left, Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, Council Chair David Izraelevitz, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone and Councilor Rick Reiss. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Det. Joey Robinson and his wife Holly following Tuesday morning's ceremony. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Cmdr. Oliver Morris following Tuesday morning's ceremony at the Los Alam​os Justice Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross chats with colleagues and family members following Tuesday's ceremony honoring fallen law enforcement officers. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com


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