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Culver City lawman killed in crash remembered as hero

February 6, 2009 |  2:28 pm


Curtis Massey, the Culver City policeman killed in a fiery accident on the Santa Monica Freeway last month, was memorialized today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Massey was a sergeant when he was killed. But the Culver City Police Department announced that he was being promoted to lieutenant.

“This promotion was not made based on grief or sympathy,” Culver City Police Chief Donald Pederson told City News Service. “It was made because Curt was eligible for this promotion, he has earned it, he has always demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and has a proven record of success. It was simply the right thing to do.”

Massey, 41, left behind his wife, Melody, and three children, ages 3, 8 and 10.

A fund in Massey's name has been established at the Culver City Employees Federal Credit Union, 9770 Culver Blvd. Checks should be made payable to the Sgt. Curt Massey Memorial Fund.

Photo: Officers in dress uniform carry casket of Culver City police Sgt. Curtis Massey at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times