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L.A. County Sheriff's Department relay run honors those killed in line of duty

May 20, 2011 |  8:13 am

Gwa18nke Hundreds of law enforcement officers and civilian support staff are expected to take part Friday in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's 34th annual Memorial Torch Relay Run honoring those who have died in the line of duty.

The torch run begins at 9 a.m. at department headquarters at 4700 W. Ramona Blvd. in Monterey Park and will make stops at sheriff's stations throughout the county.

This year's event is in memory of Deputy Charlene Rottler, who died Jan. 3, 2010, from injuries she sustained in a 1972 on-duty traffic accident with a drunk driver; and Philip Ortiz, a California Highway Patrol officer who died June 22, 2010, as he was conducting a traffic stop and was hit by a driver speeding on the shoulder of a freeway.

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-- Mike Anton

Photo: Officers from several Southern California departments stampede down a street in 2002 during the annual memorial run to slain law enforcement officers. Credit: Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times

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