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    Expanded Coverage

    See LB's 2005 Memorial Ceremony Honoring LB's Fallen Police & Firefighters

    Expanded photo coverage of this special event is brought to you by the
    Long Beach Firefighters Association (Local 372)

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    (May 5, 2005) -- LB police officers, firefighters, city officials and residents assembled on May 3 at LB's Police and Fire Memorial (Chestnut Ave. south of Broadway) for the city's annual remembrance honoring LB's fallen public safety officers. provides extended photo and audio coverage below.

    Among the dignitaries attending:

    LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill, Councilmembers Val Lerch, Bonnie Lowenthal, Frank Colonna....

    ...and Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga.

    Council staff represented other Council offices.

    City Attorney Robert Shannon, Deputy City Managers Reginald Harrison and Suzanne Mason and Assistant City Manager Christine Shippey

    Also spotted (not in photos and not a complete list) City Prosecutor Tom Reeves and Assistant City Prosecutor Dan Murphy.

    LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill addressed the crowd.

    "I want to tell all of you who are here that we are so proud of our public safety departments," the Mayor said.

    LBFD Deputy Fire Chief Alan Patalano spoke.

    "My hope is that you can take comfort in the knowledge that the lives of your loved ones were marked with daily activities that altered the course of other people's lives, and that during their time of challenge, they stood and were measured, and they were found to be far greater than the task."

    Remarks were also delivered by LBPD Deputy Chief Ted Hulsey.

    "We honor not only those that have fallen in the line of duty but also those families that have been left behind."

    LBPD Officer Richard Birdsall delivered an emotional tribute to LB's fallen police officers...including his father, Officer Robert R. Birdsall, who died in the line of duty in 1975.

    "I would like to thank you from all the families who are here, just how much it means for us, just how much it really hits us in the heart, that you take time to remember our fallen member of the family."

    Deputy Chief Brad Wilson paid tribute to fallen LB firefighters with "The Last Alarm Ceremony."

    A traditional fire bell was sounded as each fallen firefighter's name was read.

    LBPD Deputy Chief Tim Jackman delivered a tribute to LB's fallen police officers.

    "Those that we honor today are the epitome of selflessness," Deputy Chief Jackman said.

    PDFD Memorial 5/3/05

    Bagpiper Chris Milburn, LBFD, performed Amazing Grace...

    ...and an Honor Guard Shotgun Detail appeared and fired a 21-Gun Salute in three volleys.

    LBPD Sgt. David Cannan and LBPD Officer Aaron Alu (not pictured) sounded a stirring, dual rendition of Taps.

    LB City Manager Jerry Miller, who oversees LBPD and LBFD, stood near the buglers (photo left).

    Firefighters in file saluted, joined by LBPD officers across the plaza.

    LB Police Officers Association President Steve James. LBPOA sponsored extended audio and photo coverage of last year's LBPD/LBFD Memorial.

    Our coverage of this year's event is sponsored in the public interest by the LB Firefighters Association, allowing LB residents -- and others statewide, nationwide and around the world -- to experience the LB ceremony.

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