Recognizing LAPD Heroes
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 26, 2018 at 1:28 PM
On August 25, 2017, Houston, Texas and surrounding cities were devastated by Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that inundated hundreds of thousands of homes and displaced more than 30,000 people. While aid poured into the Houston area, smaller communities were overlooked and help was slow to surface.
This week, I welcomed our LAPD Officers and Reserve Officers to LA City Council to recognize those who went above and beyond to help the smaller, heavily affected cities.
Within 48 hours after Hurricane Harvey, LAPD Captain Jonathan Tom and Sergeant Jon Aufdemberg organized a team of officers, they named the LAPD Houston Area Relief Team (HART) and assisted the 600 residents of Rose City, Texas.
LAPD HART paid their own way to Texas and took time from work, families, and personal obligations to assist strangers when they needed it most. The team raised over $12,200 in donations, established the Rose City command post, purchased groceries and generators for the City, offered relief supplies, food, while providing volunteer services and helping homeowners remove flood damaged furniture.
On the last day of their trip, the team reached out to another law enforcement agency, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and learned that three deputies were experiencing extreme financial hardship due to the total loss of their homes and valuables from flood waters that rose past their roof lines. The team contributed the remaining donate funds to the deputies in need.
LAPD HART's initiative is the heart of what makes LAPD officers who they are and continually strive to be. Their willing to sacrifice their own well-being for that of others and to stand as a family to all law enforcement officials shows how blessed we are to have an incredible team of law
enforcement officers that protect and serve our City.
I’d like to thank Captain Jonathan Tom, Sergeant Jon Aufdemberg, Officer Rudy Moreno, Officer Rudy Baca, Officer Steven Griffith, Officer Jesus Arreguin, Reserve Officer Bernard Khalili, Reserve Officer Eric Ortiz, and Eric's son Kevin Ortiz for their hard-work, dedication, and selfless service during one of the nation's worst and most costly natural disasters.
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