DOWNEY – Slain Downey police officer Ricky Galvez will be memorialized in a billboard campaign this week across Southern California.
The digital billboard space was donated by Clear Channel Outdoor in recognition of National Police Week. Signs in Southern California will display commemorative images honoring fallen officers from the Downey, Long Beach and San Bernardino police departments.
“Our law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to protect us and the tragic loss of these local heroes is a sobering reminder of the dangers officers face in order to keep our neighborhoods safe,” said Layne Lawson, director of public affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor’s Southern California Division. “We are honored to pay homage to our local fallen officers and hope residents throughout the Southland will see these images and pause to pay their respects and thank our local heroes who have paid the ultimate price for our safety.”
This year, the names of 252 fallen officers will be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. Of those officers being memorialized, three served in Southern California: Ricardo Galvez of the Downey Police Department, William H. Waggoner of the Long Beach Police Department, and Bryce Edward Hanes of the San Bernardino Police Department.
CCOA will be displaying images honoring these three officers in each of their home towns throughout the duration of National Police Week, which runs through May 21.
At 5 p.m. PST on May 13, during the annual candlelight vigil held in Washington, D.C., all of CCOA’s large format digital billboards will pause for 2 minutes on a single iconic image in remembrance of the 252 U.S. law enforcement officers whose names are being formally dedicated on the memorial this year.