NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — A memorial service held in North Hollywood on Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the day that the first female Los Angeles police officer was killed in the line of duty.

Officer Tina Kerbrat, 34, was killed in Sun Valley just four months after graduating from the police academy. She was on patrol with her partner when they pulled to the curb to investigate two men who appeared to be drinking beer in public.

As she about to get out of the patrol car, one man charged the vehicle and fired several shots, killing her instantly. Her partner shot and killed the gunman.

Kerbrat’s daughter, Nicole, was 3 years old at the time.

“For me, the hardest thing has just been always having that question in the back of my mind, kind of, what if my mother had always been there?” she told CBS2.

“She was just so full of life; and I have yet to see one picture that she’s not smiling in. She already had a pretty wonderful life, and still went above and beyond to be a police officer, and followed her passion.”

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports Kerbrat’s academy classmates remember her fondly as “Grandma”.

Among those attending the ceremony were LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese; Kerbrat’s husband, Tim; and her son Craig, who was 6 when his mother died in 1991.

“I still have pictures of her in my room,” he told Channel 2. “I still have memorabilia of her. She was a great mom.”

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was a sergeant at the time of Kerbrat’s killing.

“She still had so much ahead of her, and (was) at such an early stage of her career,” Beck said. “When Tina was killed, it shocked the department,” he said. “It wasn’t that she did something wrong, or was in the wrong place. She was doing what she was supposed to do. We honor our past, and Tina’s a big part of that.”

This spring, the LAPD Women’s Running Team will compete in Kerbrat’s honor during the 27th annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay.

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Comments (8)
  1. Nameless Person says:

    Wow! You’re such a tool for making a disgusting comment such as this. Be a little bit more respectful jerk!!!

    If you want attention, go put your finger in an outlet and make sure the power is on.

    1. Nameless Person says:

      Ha! They removed his comment. Sweet!

      1. Fred Mertz says:

        You mean the comment about the chick cops having a topless pillow fight? what’s wrong with that, babe?

  2. Rick Wilson says:

    I knew Tina and her dad. She was a delightful lady. I ofton think of you Tina.

    Rick Wilson

  3. Rick Wilson says:

    If any of the family reads this. I was the Oxygen driver that came to see your grandfather and would ofton chat with your mother. God Bless

    1. BD McGee says:

      Most people spell “often” with an “e”, slick.
      Thanks for playing.

  4. Linda says:

    Today’s memorial service was beautiful and at the same time very
    sad for the family. Even though it’s been 20 years, we miss Tina
    every day. Thank you LAPD for keeping her memory alive.

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