Sunday, March 28, 2010

PD Station renamed for Latino Officer

Hollenbeck Station To Be Renamed for First Latino Commanding Officer
By EGP News Service

The L.A. City Council voted Wednesday to rename the police substation in Boyle Heights for its first Latino commanding officer, also the first in Los Angeles Police Department history.

The council approved dedicating the Hollenbeck Station in honor of the late Capt. Rudy De Leon, who served as its commanding officer in the 1970s.

“Capt. Rudy de Leon was a man who, through sheer determination, rose above the limitations of his time and had the goodness of heart and strength of character to carry a whole lot of people with him,” Councilman Jose Huizar said.

“Commanding an LAPD Area Station is a remarkable accomplishment at any time in the department’s history,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. “Rudy de Leon did it at a time and in a way that blazed a trail for many others who have followed in his footsteps.”

De Leon, who died in 2009, becomes the first Latino to have an LAPD police station named in his honor.

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