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OCSD to honor fallen FPD Officer Tommy De La Rosa

OCSD to honor fallen FPD Officer Tommy De La Rosa

The Fullerton Police Department will join in honoring one its own fallen officers as the Orange County Sheriff Department has dedicated its upcoming Memorial Run to be held in the memory of Det. Tommy De La Rosa, who was killed in a drug sting more than 20 years ago.

De La Rosa was chosen by the Sheriff Department’s graduating Academy Class No. 211. Choosing an officer to honor in the Memorial Run is a tradition for each graduating class.

“Obviously it is very humbling that this academy class would honor Tommy for giving his life for our community,” said Chief Dan Hughes, who was De La Rosa’s partner. “As an officer he was involved in the community. Kids looked up to him. He worked with a lot of at-risk children. He wasn’t just involved in enforcement efforts, he was really trying to change the lives of these kids.”

De La Rosa, who along with Officer Jerry Hatch is the second Fullerton officer to be killed on duty.

Joining in the run will be Chief Hughes and a number of other Fullerton police officers.

Immediately following the run, the Sheriff Academy class is sponsoring a complimentary barbecue for those in attendance.

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