Today, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Councilmember David Ryu, and LADOT leadership paid tribute to fallen LADOT Officer II Gregory Park and his family with a memorial sign dedication at the northwest intersection of Victory Boulevard and Columbus Avenue.
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Today, September 20, 2018
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Fallen LADOT Officer Honored With Street Sign Dedication
Los Angeles – Today, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Councilmember David Ryu, and LADOT leadership paid tribute to fallen LADOT Officer II Gregory Park and his family with a memorial sign dedication at the northwest intersection of Victory Boulevard and Columbus Avenue.
While on duty in the Valley, Park was struck by a vehicle involved in a traffic collision nearby. Park is remembered as a military veteran who served his country and then returned home to serve his community for 12 years. His death is a reminder that 546 LADOT traffic officers faithfully serve Angelenos while putting their own lives on the line every day.
“We owe it to his memory, his family and his loved ones to learn from this tragedy. This is one of the many reasons why Vision Zero, to reduce pedestrian deaths by 2025, was created,” said Councilwoman Martinez. “Officer Park was the 2nd traffic enforcement officer in our City’s history to die in the line of duty. For all of our sakes, he needs to be the last. We cannot let Officer Park and the tragedy of his death become just another statistic.”
"Many people know the dangers of serving as a firefighter or a police officer," said Councilmember Ryu. "But the LADOT officers who serve our City every day do difficult and often dangerous work. Officer Park did this work with honor, and his loss is felt deeply by the Department and the entire City family."
“Greg was a dedicated officer who served the city admirably. He was well-liked by all who were blessed to work with him,” said LADOT Chief of Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control Devon Farfan. “This street sign will be a thoughtful memorial to his service and his memory will always be in our hearts.”
“Our LADOT family continues to grieve from the tragic loss of Officer Gregory Park,” said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. “We believe this sign will be a beacon to Officer Park’s service to others. We will continue to fight to ensure that no community feels the heavy weight of a life lost too soon.”
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the Assistant President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the 6th Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.