SCV Bar Association hosts annual Law Appreciation Day

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Video Edited by: Robert Sippey

The largest event of the SCV Bar Association celebrated and honored several law enforcement employees as well as Los Angeles City Fire Department. Also honored were members of the Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Fire Department, and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, for outstanding contributions to the SCV Community.

John March was the featured speaker. His son, David March, a Sheriff’s Deputy, was murdered in the line of duty while making a common routine stop for a traffic violation. In 2002, Armando Chato Garcia, a 3 time known Gang member, pulled out a gun and shot March while March walked back to his patrol car. Garcia then walked around and executed March in the head with a final shot.

Garcia fled to Mexico but wasn’t extradited back to the USA finally to face criminal charges four years ago.

Michael Antonovich, Supervisor, 5th District, County of Los Angeles was also at the event and reacted to AB 109. The new measure which Governor Jerry Brown signed off on changes the law to realign certain responsibilities for lower level offenders, adult parolees and juvenile offenders from state to local jurisdictions.

Antonovich said this is a “Trojan horse style attack” on local government that would ensure catastrophic consequences for L.A. County’s criminal justice system. “The state prison system is a revolving door” Antonovich said, “for lower level offenders and parole violators who are released within months often before they are even transferred out of a reception center.”

Valencia High School JROTC gave the presentation of colors, and Paulette Gharibian, President of the SCV Bar Association added closing remarks. Honorees included 28 year veteran, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Trejo. He was recognized for significantly impacting the community by making it more difficult for criminals to operate, while improving the quality of life for law abiding citizens.

CHP officer Franscico [Frank] Vargas, was honored for being instrumental in the training of approximately 10 new officers. Vargas was also honored for maintaining a positive attitude, and being a source of guidance for younger officers.

Firefighter Paramedic Steve Betteridge and Firefighter Paramedic Gary Reichman were also honored for being instrumental for quickly and skillfully putting their training and experience to work to save the life of a younger police officer. Both assisted Sargent Dean Oshiro of the Santa Monica Police Department when Oshiro suffered a heart attack.

Because of their quick response his life was saved.

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