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LAPD Street Signs 1970s


Officer Earl Leonard Riddick
(Oct. 17, 1940 April 23, 1970)


Cause of death: Officer Riddick was shot and killed by a bank robbery suspect.

Location of sign: Northeast corner of Western Avenue and West 70th Street


Officer Michael Wayne Parker
(Sept. 6, 1945 Aug. 18, 1970)


Cause of death: Officer Parker died as the result of an automobile accident.

Location of sign: North side of Sunset Boulevard, just east of North Alvarado Street


Officer Fred Huston Early
(June 9, 1941 - March 23, 1973)


Cause of death: Officer Early was shot while investigating a robbery in progress on Sept. 9, 1972. He died of his injuries six months later.

Location of sign: Southwest corner of Jefferson and National boulevards


Officer Charles C. Caraccilo
(Feb. 6, 1938 June 21, 1973)


Cause of death: Officer Caraccilo was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an auto theft suspect.

Location of sign: North side of Burbank Boulevard, between Sunnyslope and Greenbush avenues


Officer John Thomas Lawler
(May 2, 1933 July 9, 1973)


Cause of death: Officer Lawler died as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Location of sign: Los Angeles Police Academy


Investigator Gerald Wayne "Blackie" Sawyer
(Oct. 19, 1941 Nov. 6, 1973)


Cause of death: Investigator Sawyer was shot and killed during an undercover drug trafficking investigation.

Location of sign: Los Angeles Police Academy


Commander Paul John Gillen
(May 15, 1925 May 29, 1974)


Cause of death: Commander Gillen died as the result of a helicopter crash in Kagel Canyon in the northeast San Fernando Valley, near Bailey and Lopez Canyon roads.

Location of sign: Northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street.


Officer Garth Langemeade Ward
(April 1, 1916 July 30, 1974)


Cause of death: Officer Ward died as the result of an automobile accident.

Location of sign: Northwest corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street


Officer Michael Ian McDougal
(Dec. 24, 1943 Jan. 19, 1975)


Cause of death: Officer McDougal died as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Location of sign: Center median at the intersection of Castle Heights Avenue and Beverwil Drive


Officer Vincent Lawrence Leusch
(April 8, 1947 Sept. 22, 1975)


Cause of death: Officer Leusch was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle during a high-speed chase.

Location of sign: Southeast corner of South Van Ness Avenue and West 79th Street


Officer Zlatko Nicholi Sintic
(Oct. 23, 1942 Feb. 12, 1976)


Cause of death: Officer Sintic was shot and killed while responding to a burglar alarm at a fast-food restaurant.

Location of sign: East side of Reseda Boulevard, between Devonshire and Hiawatha streets


Officer Raymond Earl Hicks
(July 15, 1941 Aug. 17, 1976)


Cause of death: Officer Hicks was shot and killed during a drug raid.

Location of sign: Los Angeles Police Academy


Officer David Earle Bailey
(March 19, 1956 Oct. 21, 1977)


Cause of death: Officer Bailey was shot and killed while questioning an auto theft suspect.

Location of sign: Los Angeles Police Academy


Officer James Joseph Choquette
(June 17, 1947 Aug. 2, 1979)


Cause of death: Officer Choquette died as the result of an automobile accident.

Location of sign: Northwest corner of South Central Avenue and East 114th Street


Officer David Brian Kubly
(June 1, 1956 Sept. 27, 1979)


Cause of death: Officer Kubly was shot and killed while chasing a robbery suspect.

Location of sign: Southeast corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and 28th Street



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