13 LAPD officers recognized for heroism
Thirteen Los Angeles Police Department officers were recognized this week for heroism during an annual ceremony in Hollywood.
Police Chief Charlie Beck presented the officers and detectives Thursday with the department’s highest honors, the medal of valor and the purple heart. This was the second year the purple heart was bestowed on officers who have suffered grave injuries in the line of duty.
The officers included men and women, some injured or put at risk while on patrol, on undercover assignments or headed home after work. Three purple hearts went to officers shot during the foot chase of an armed suspect back in 1949.
Among those honored was Stacy Lim, an officer who in 1990 was followed home by four gang members. As Lim got out of her car she was shot in the chest with a .357 Magnum revolver.
The bullet damaged her heart, spleen, stomach, intestines and liver, but at the time, she got up and continued to return fire at the gang member wielding the gun. After a several shots back and forth, Lim shot the man in the chest and neck, taking him down.
Another officer, Oscar Bryant, responded to a robbery call at a dress shop in South L.A. When he arrived, four robbers were still in the store. Bryant ordered them out, but as he ordered them to line up and raise their hands, one robber shot Bryant. The officer fell. He fought back and wounded the man who shot him, along with another suspect. Bryant later died of his injuries.
Four officers were given medals of honor, including Det. Craig Marquez, who in December 2011 shot and killed Tyler Brehm, who had randomly shot at passersby on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street.
Brehm was upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend. Marquez was in plain clothes that day when a transient in the area told him about the gunfire. People ran in opposite directions, seeking cover behind cars and parking meters. Marquez ultimately confronted the shooter, and as the gunman ran toward him, Marquez shot and killed him.
More than 800 people, including Jamie Lee Curtis, attended the award ceremony at Hollywood & Highland.
Beck called the honors “timeless tributes” to those who went above and beyond their duty.
“We’re saying thank you for valiantly protecting the residents of Los Angeles,” he said.
-- Emseralda Bermudez
Photo: Scene of fatal shooting last December in Hollywood. Four officers received medals of honor for their work in stopping gunman Tyler Brehm, who randomly shot at passerby on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times