HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division Friday unveiled a memorial star honoring an officer killed last month in Beverly Hills.
The ceremony for 40-year-old Nicholas Lee, who died March 7 when the driver of a dump truck lost control and slammed into his police cruiser, was held at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Hollywood Community Police Station.
“Being a father, being a brother, being a son, a lot of people are affected when one loses their life. We all suffer in our own way as an organization,” Deputy Chief Terry Hara said. “It is a somber day, but let us remember his life for everything he has done day in and day out.”
Lee’s mother broke down and wept over her son’s star, KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar reported.
Lee’s widow, Cathy, said the star will be a special place for their two young daughters.
“It’s something they can remember their dad forever. Whenever we want to know the police side of him…we’ll be here to come and visit. And we know we have the loving support of the LAPD Hollywood Division,” she said.
A motorcycle club made up of law enforcement called the Choir Boys was also in the crowd. They presented Lee’s family with a $2,000 donation.
“It could have been any one of us. It could have been our family or friends,” a man said.
Lee was a 16-year veteran of the department who had received more than 70 commendations.
He was the eighth officer from the Hollywood Division to be killed in the line of duty.
Meantime, the LAPD said it appeared the collision, which also injured Lee’s partner, was caused by a mechanical failure in the truck.
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