Eagle & Badge Foundation

Eagle & Badge Foundation The Eagle & Badge supports LAPD officers and their families in time of critical need and present the EOW Memorial Wall.
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The Eagle & Badge Foundation was founded to support LAPD officers and their families in time of critical need, plus children in the communities they serve. In 2014 the Foundation unveiled the End of Watch Memorial Wall dedicated to the 207 LAPD officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

Mission: The Eagle & Badge community involvement program is based on the philosophy of operating and giving back locally. Our priority is helping police officers and their families in time of critical need. In our experience, we can do the most good by supporting issues and causes that are important to LAPD officers and their families. We rely on LAPD officers to know which organizations are the most critical to their communities, and we empower them to help the Board of Directors determine how Foundation dollars will be spent. Consequently, LAPD officers channel our funding initiatives directly into their local communities.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Roger Warren Jr., who was killed in the line of duty on May 8, 1967, after he was sh...
05/08/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Roger Warren Jr., who was killed in the line of duty on May 8, 1967, after he was shot by a sniper.

Policeman Warren was on patrol with his field training officer when his training officer observed someone crouched behind a stone barbecue pit and decided to investigate. The training officer directed Policeman Warren to pull over so they could investigate. When the training officer exited the vehicle, a gunshot was heard. A round from a .308 rifle struck Policeman Warren in the armpit.

The suspect was a 16-year-old thought to be seeking revenge on a liquor store manager who had a friend of the suspect arrested for shoplifting earlier in the day. It is also believed the suspect's intentions for the manager were interrupted by Policeman Warren and his training officer. The suspect was shot and killed by the training officer and an off-duty police officer from across the street. Policeman Warren was transported to the hospital and he was pronounced dead as a result of the gunshot wound.

Policeman Warren had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for only one month and was assigned to the Van Nuys Division. He had previously served with the U.S. Air Force Air Police. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two brothers, two sisters, mother and father.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Sidney Riegel, who was killed in the line of duty on May 6, 1961, after he was shot ...
05/06/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Sidney Riegel, who was killed in the line of duty on May 6, 1961, after he was shot and and his partner seriously wounded by an ex-convict wanted for robbing a liquor store. The suspect opened fire on the officers when they attempted to arrest him outside a residence on Pierce Street in Pacioma. He surrendered to a newspaper reporter a week later.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on November 9, 1961.

Policeman Riegel was survived by his wife and two daughters. He was a World War II veteran.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Gilbert N. Reyes, who was killed in the line of duty on May 4, 1959, when his police...
05/04/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Gilbert N. Reyes, who was killed in the line of duty on May 4, 1959, when his police motorcycle was struck by a car during a chain reaction accident on Sepulveda Boulevard, just north of Sunset Boulevard. A fully loaded gravel truck struck the car after its brakes failed. The car was pushed into Policeman Reyes and his motorcycle, throwing him 30 feet.

Policeman Reyes was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He had served with the LAPD for 11 years and was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents and three siblings.

We will never forget LAPD Police Officer II Roberto Sanchez, who was killed in the line of duty six years ago today on M...
05/03/2020

We will never forget LAPD Police Officer II Roberto Sanchez, who was killed in the line of duty six years ago today on May 3, 2014, after his patrol car was intentionally rammed by a vehicle while Sanchez was attempting to make a traffic stop.

Officer Sanchez and his partner were in the Harbor City section of the city and were following a vehicle on Anaheim Street, attempting to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle they were attempting to stop made a sudden U-turn at President Avenue. As the patrol car also made the U-turn, an SUV that had been following the patrol car rammed it at a high rate of speed. The two occupants of the SUV fled on foot.

Both officers were trapped in the vehicle, and Officer Sanchez's partner was unable to reach his radio to call for assistance. He then utilized his mobile phone and called 911. Both officers were removed from the vehicle by responding emergency units. They were taken to a local hospital where Officer Sanchez died from his injuries.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene on foot but was apprehended a short time later and charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, assault on a peace officer and leaving the scene of the accident. He has since been sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Sanchez had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Paul Donath, who was killed in the line of duty on April 28, 1932, after he was shot...
04/28/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Paul Donath, who was killed in the line of duty on April 28, 1932, after he was shot while responding to a shooting. A 26-year-old woman, who was said to be suffering from mental stress, shot at her neighbor during an argument about the neighbor's noisy lawn mower. As Policeman Donath arrived at her home, she met him at the front door and shot him. After forcing the suspect from her home with tear gas, police were forced to shoot her when she opened fire on them.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Earl Leonard Riddick, who was killed on April 23, 1970, after he was shot when he at...
04/23/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Earl Leonard Riddick, who was killed on April 23, 1970, after he was shot when he attempted to arrest a bank robber while off duty.

The robber entered the bank carrying a small black bag and went up to a teller and held her up with a .38 revolver. On his way out, he shot the uniformed guard standing by the door in the chest without warning, killing him instantly. The guard was unaware that a robbery had occurred.

Policeman Riddick, in civilian clothes, was in the bank cashing a check. He followed the robber out to the parking lot. The bandit was getting into a 1968 brown Pontiac Firebird. According to witnesses, Policeman Riddick ordered him out of the car with his hands up. The bandit turned and fired, hitting the officer. The officer fell to the pavement but managed to fire his weapon and shot out the rear window of the bandit’s car as he fled.

The bandit got only a short distance from the bank when his shattered rear window attracted the attention of two motorcycle officers who gave chase. The suspect crashed and fled on foot into a nearby backyard where he crawled beneath a trailer. As officers closed in, they shot and killed the suspect when he fired at them.

The bandit's gun was tied to other murders, and it was discovered that he had been arrested 18 times for various offenses and had been paroled prior to killing Policeman Riddick.

Policeman Riddick was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

We will never forget LAPD Detective Norman R. Eckles, who died in the line of duty on April 20, 1989, after succumbing t...
04/20/2020

We will never forget LAPD Detective Norman R. Eckles, who died in the line of duty on April 20, 1989, after succumbing to injuries sustained five and a half years earlier while serving a narcotics search warrant in South Los Angeles.

Detective Eckles and another officer, identifying themselves as police officers, tried to enter the suspect's apartment in a surprise predawn raid. While his partner tried to force the door open, Detective Eckles broke a window as a diversionary tactic. Though Detective Eckles was wearing a bulletproof vest, he was shot. The bullet entered from the side, beneath his right armpit, and lodged in his spine. The wound immobilized him from the chest down, forcing him to take a disability retirement. He died about five and a half years later from acute and chronic infections from the bullet wound he'd suffered.

Detective Eckles remained active in law enforcement, frequently testifying from his wheelchair as an expert on narcotics cases. He also served as a police consultant, lecturing officers on safety and survival.

The suspect was convicted in 1985 of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter, one count of assault with a firearm, and sentenced to 22 years.

Detective Eckles had been with the Los Angeles Police Department for just under 19 years. He was survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Lewis Long, who was killed in the line of duty on April 18, 1929, after he was struc...
04/18/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Lewis Long, who was killed in the line of duty on April 18, 1929, after he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Pico Street and Georgia Street. He was transported to Georgia Street Receiving Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

Policeman Long had served with the LAPD for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Frank G. Panek, who was killed in the line of duty on April 14, 1947, after he succu...
04/14/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Frank G. Panek, who was killed in the line of duty on April 14, 1947, after he succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier while questioning a suspicious person near the intersection of East Fifth Street and Town Avenue.

The subject produced a revolver and shot Policeman Panek. Despite being mortally wounded, Policeman Panek returned fire along with his partner, killing the subject. Policeman Panek was transported to Georgia Street Receiving Hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.

Policeman Panek was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Ralph Miover, who was killed in the line of duty on April 11, 1925, in a motorcycle ...
04/11/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Ralph Miover, who was killed in the line of duty on April 11, 1925, in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Palmetto Avenue, in Fontana (San Bernardino County). He was returning to the city to the police training school and was attempting to pass another vehicle that was turning left. He attempted to avoid the collision, but the motorcycle struck a curb. He suffered a fatal head injury in the crash.

Policeman Miover had served with the LAPD for less than one week. He was survived by his wife, stepdaughter, and three brothers.

We will never forget LAPD Police Officer II+II Chris Cortijo, who died in the line of duty on April 9, 2014, after he su...
04/09/2020

We will never forget LAPD Police Officer II+II Chris Cortijo, who died in the line of duty on April 9, 2014, after he succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when his police motorcycle was struck from behind by an impaired driver at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard at Saticoy Street.

Officer Cortijo was stopped at a red light when the impaired driver struck him from behind at full speed, trapping him between the drunken driver's vehicle and the vehicle that was in front of him. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma until succumbing to his injuries.

The driver who struck Officer Cortijo was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cocaine.

Officer Cortijo was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 26 years.

Officer Cortijo was honored as employee of the year both in 2002 and in 2013, when he was publicly recognized for making 171 DUI arrests during the course of the year. He had dedicated himself to protecting others and keeping the community safe. In doing so, Officer Cortijo was responsible for the arrest and apprehension of more than 3,000 DUI drivers.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman David Brooks, a plainclothes policeman, who was killed in the line of duty on April ...
04/08/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman David Brooks, a plainclothes policeman, who was killed in the line of duty on April 8, 1910, after he was shot by one of two robbery suspects who attempted to hold him up. He was on his way to investigate the robbery of a saloon that had been held up, presumably, by the same men. When ordered to put his hands up, he was shot as he reached for his revolver. The suspects escaped.

We also remember LAPD Detective Sergeant Roy L. Shy, who was killed in the line of duty on April 8, 1922, in a vehicle crash while responding to a payroll robbery. His vehicle collided with a laundry truck at the intersection of Washington Street and Los Angeles Street. Detective Sergeant Shy had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Thomas J. Kennedy, who was killed in the line of duty on April 5, 1951, in a motorcy...
04/05/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Thomas J. Kennedy, who was killed in the line of duty on April 5, 1951, in a motorcycle traffic crash. He was a member of the U.S Army Air Corps.

We also remember LAPD Policeman Charles Emerson Bogardus, who was killed in the line of duty on April 5, 1959, after he was shot by a robbery suspect. He and his partner had spotted an armed robbery in progress at a supermarket at Washington and Hoover. The two suspects spotted the officers and ran upstairs into an office. The officers entered the store and took cover. Policeman Bogardus yelled, "Cover me," and ran up the stairs toward the office. When he reached the top of the stairs, he kicked in the door and entered the office. A scuffle ensued. Then Policeman Bogardus ran out, without his gun, and headed back down the stairs. One of the suspects stood in the doorway and shot Policeman Bogardus as he ran down the stairs. Even though the hold-up men were armed with their own guns, they had taken the officer's. Responding officers killed both the suspects in the shootout that followed.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman James F. Crehan, who was killed in the line of duty on March 31, 1914, when he was s...
03/31/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman James F. Crehan, who was killed in the line of duty on March 31, 1914, when he was struck by a streetcar.

We also remember LAPD Policeman James C. Costello, who was killed in the line of duty on March 31, 1930, after he was shot as he and his partner made a traffic stop at the intersection of Seventh Street and Lucas Street. When Policeman Costello made contact with the driver, the man pulled a gun. As Policeman Costello backed away, his partner and the suspect exchanged shots. Policeman Costello was shot in the chest during the exchange. The man fled the scene but was arrested the following day with a gunshot wound to his knee. He was charged with first-degree murder but was acquitted at trial. He was later convicted of possession of a blackjack and robbery and sentenced to five years to life.

Policeman Costello had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for six years. He was survived by his mother.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Walter R. Kreps, who was killed in the line of duty on March 28, 1916, in a motorcyc...
03/28/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Walter R. Kreps, who was killed in the line of duty on March 28, 1916, in a motorcycle crash. While on Avenue 20 near the railroad tracks, Policeman Kreps' police motorcycle was struck by a police car that was returning from a call. Policeman Kreps was responding to a call in Highland Park when the accident occurred. Policeman Kreps had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and son.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Kenneth E. Walters, who was killed in the line of duty on March 27, 1972, in an auto...
03/27/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Kenneth E. Walters, who was killed in the line of duty on March 27, 1972, in an automobile crash. He and his partner were pursuing a motorist for a traffic violation when their patrol car struck a light pole at the corner of Jefferson and West Boulevards. Policeman Walters, who was a the passenger in the car, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The driver the officers were pursuing was never apprehended. Policeman Walters was just 23 years old at the time of his death. He had previously served in the United States Navy. He was survived by six siblings.

We will never forget LAPD Officer Robert "R.J." Cottle, who was killed 10 years ago today on March 24, 2010, while he wa...
03/24/2020

We will never forget LAPD Officer Robert "R.J." Cottle, who was killed 10 years ago today on March 24, 2010, while he was on military leave assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. Officer Cottle died when his vehicle was struck by an IED. The blast also killed another Marine.

Officer Cottle was survived by his wife and 8-month-old daughter. Officer Cottle was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and his gravesite is visited every year in May by the LAPD cadre that goes to Washington, D.C. during National Police Week.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman John Volberg Wicks, who was killed in the line of duty on March 23, 1927, after he s...
03/23/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman John Volberg Wicks, who was killed in the line of duty on March 23, 1927, after he succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day. He had responded to a domestic disturbance call in which a man had assaulted his wife and son. When he arrived at the scene, the man shot him twice in the abdomen. Despite being mortally wounded, Policeman Wicks returned fire and killed the suspect. Policeman Wicks had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.

We also remember LAPD Policeman Fred H. Early, who died in the line of duty on March 23, 1973, due to injuries he sustained after he was shot by a robbery suspect. Policeman Early was off duty when he observed a burglary in progress. He went to a phone booth to call in the crime when he was confronted by the suspect(s) and shot while he was on the phone. He survived the shooting, but not without complications. In the months that passed, he suffered blackouts and other symptoms. While undergoing treatment at UCLA Medical Center, he sustained irreversible brain damage and never recovered from the procedures. He died from his injuries six months after the shooting. In March 1998, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) in the shooting of Policeman Early.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman James H. Carter, who was killed in the line of duty on March 18, 1928, after he was ...
03/18/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman James H. Carter, who was killed in the line of duty on March 18, 1928, after he was shot while searching two suspects. As he searched the first suspect, the second man stepped back and shot Policeman Carter. Despite being mortally wounded, Policeman Carter returned fire and pursued the suspects until he collapsed.

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Leo Wise, who was killed in the line of duty on March 17, 1957, after he was shot by...
03/17/2020

We will never forget LAPD Policeman Leo Wise, who was killed in the line of duty on March 17, 1957, after he was shot by a man while trying to break up a barroom brawl. The suspect was arrested a short time later. Police said the suspect may have never been arrested if it were not for the help of four individuals who helped chase down the suspect and identified him. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on July 12, 1961. Policeman Wise was survived by four children.

We also remember LAPD Officer III Louis Villalobos Jr., who died on March 17, 2000, a day after falling off a catwalk while performing an advanced SWAT training exercise at the United States Marine Corps base in Camp Pendleton, California. During the training exercise, Officer Villalobos slipped off of the 10-feet high catwalk. He sustained serious head injuries and died the next day. Officer Villalobos was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years and had been a member of the SWAT team for 17 years. He was survived by his parents and four children.

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Donations made to the Eagle & Badge Foundation are directly applied to providing financial assistance to LAPD families in need. The Foundation's beneficiaries serve as living testaments to the very real difference the contributions our donors and supporters make. The members of the Eagle and Badge Foundation's Board of Directors and Foundation staff work diligently to insure that the Foundation is operated as wisely and efficiently as possible and that our operating costs remain below nonprofit norms.

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One of my former partners Officer Oscar Joel Bryant was shot around 1967 or 68. Please recognize him.