Hermosa hosts Pride Run for Rio Hondo Police Academy grads

Newly hired Hermosa Beach Police officers Anthony Flores, and California “Cali” Aguirre (holding flag mast, at left) are joined by (far left) Hermosa Beach Police Chief Paul Lebaron, Rio Hondo College Police Academy Director Walter Allen, and fellow academy graduates at the Hermosa Beach pier last Monday, May 1. Photos by Kevin Cody

Two of Rio Hondo Academy grads to join Hermosa Police force

by Kevin Cody

The Rio Hondo College Police Academy held its traditional graduating class Pride Run on the Hermosa and Manhattan Beach Strands on Monday, May 1. The roughly 50 graduates ran five miles along The Strand, led by Manhattan Beach motor officers, from Pier Plaza north to Marine Street in Manhattan Beach, and back to the plaza.

Pride Runs are held in memory of an officer whose life was lost in the line of duty. This year, the Rio Hondo graduates ran in memory of Huntington Park Officer Robert H. Keller, who lost life in 1967, at age 25, after being shot by a burglary suspect.

Among the graduates who completed Rio Hondo’s five month program are Hermosa Beach Police recruits Anthony Flores, and California “Cali” Aguirre. Flores, is a Lomita resident, and former Hermosa Community Service Officer.

Hermosa Beach Police Chief Paul Lebaron offered to host Rio Hondo’s Pride Run following concerns raised about runs held on public streets. Last November, 12 Sheriff Academy students were injured on a training run when hit by an SUV driver who fell asleep. 

Rio Hondo College Police Academy Director Walter Allen accompanied his students on his racing bike. Afterwards he suggested to Chief Lebaron that he’d like to bring the Pride Run back to The Strand. ER


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