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Services set for LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan

Some streets in downtown Los Angeles will be closed briefly Tuesday and Wednesday for a public visitation and private funeral services for Joshua J. Cullins, a Marine reservist and Los Angeles police officer killed in Afghanistan.

Cullins, 28, was killed Oct. 18 by a secondary bomb as he and his unit investigated an earlier roadside explosion in Helmand province. He is the second LAPD officer to be killed while deployed overseas in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. in the Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium at 100 W. 1st St. Main Street will be closed between 1st and 2nd streets during the event, which is open to the public.

A private, nondenominational service will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, followed by an honors ceremony in the cathedral's plaza.  Morning commuters can expect partial closures of Temple, Grand, Hill and Spring streets, officials said.

After the service a private funeral procession will transport Cullins' body to his hometown of Simi Valley for burial. 

Cullins patroled the downtown area and was being courted by the department's bomb squad because of his expertise as an explosive ordnance officer with the Marine Corps Reserve.

-- Catherine Saillant

 

 

 
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You will be missed brother, thank you for your service and dedication. You will never be forgotten

So we tax payers have to foot the bill. You made Michael Jackson family and company pay more then half of security etc, then you should do the same for this cop. Make the LA police union pay for street closure and security not the tax payers!!! Pathetic you people are!!!

hypocrisy!!!

To LATAXPAYER: A simple 'thank you" to this Marine would have been more appropriate. How quickly you forget that Officer Cullins died while serving our beautiful and free country! Not only did he fight terrorists overseas but he also fought the scum bag "non-tax paying" criminals on skid row! How about you forget for one milli-second about yourself and think about the men and women who are, as we speak, fighting for their lives in Afghanistan. The least we can do as Americans is honor them for one day! As far as being pathethic...the pot's calling the kettle black on that one. You should be ashamed of yourself!

Thank-you Josh Cullins (LAPD Officer & Marine Staff Sgt) for your duty, decdication and protection of us in LA and the USA. You are a TRUE HERO and may you rest in Peace. And thank-you to your family for raising such a selfless young man. My thoughts & Prayers go out to the Cullins family.

For "LAtaxpayer"...Shame on you sir or ma'am, you should be appalled. Not one cent of your taxes were used to honor this great young man, the LAPD & Military families will take care of the Cullins family and this BRAVE Soldier/LAPD Officers last roll-call & tribute to a HERO. Sad you can't see this as a sad event, and to think he died (as many other military men & woman have, to protect the likes of you and give you the freedom of speech you just so foolishly used here. We have freedom of speech but you should find some common sense when to use that freedom and how.)

God bless you Joshua Cullins, Semper Fi and TAHNK-YOU!

@ lataxpayer...How dare you...This young man died do give you the right to say such a thing, why don't you move to Mexico or some other country, where if you wrote that, you'd be in a prison cell with a dirt floor. I know that there are ALOT of our young men and women coming home in caskets from this War, and they are all hero's in their own right,however Joshua Cullins stands out (in my eyes anyway)..coming from Simi valley, he could've been anything, he choose to be a Marine and a Police officer..if thats not enough to de-fuse bombs in hostile territory..Do us all a favor and go watch a movie called "The Hurt Locker"..I'd like to send people like you over there for just one day, then maybe you'd shut up... GIVE ME A BREAK!!! God Bless Joshua Cullins, and his Family..

To lataxpayer: How said for you not to have known Josh. Apparently, you only know what you could only wish you could do, give of yourself. Josh gave his life to serve our country and he paid the ultimate price. Can we do no less than to say thank you for the price that he paid. Yes, you don't have to worry about the pennies that you paid. We the friends, Marines and L.A.P.D. will take care of Josh and his family. You go on with your life which Josh and all the young men and women of our wonderful service gave in the defense of your way of life.

Yes..I know Josh personally and he became a man to be proud of.

To lataxpayer: How said for you not to have known Josh. Apparently, you only know what you could only wish you could do, give of yourself. Josh gave his life to serve our country and he paid the ultimate price. Can we do no less than to say thank you for the price that he paid. Yes, you don't have to worry about the pennies that you paid. We the friends, Marines and L.A.P.D. will take care of Josh and his family. You go on with your life which Josh and all the young men and women of our wonderful service gave in the defense of your way of life.

Yes..I know Josh personally and he became a man to be proud of.


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