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The official Los Angeles Police Department Color Guard honors a fellow officer.

by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 02/2008

Highway sign memorializes a life dedicated to public safety.

District 7 participated in a ceremony on January 11 that paid tribute to fallen Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Officer Steven Gadja, who died in the line of duty in 1998. A highway memorial sign, sponsored by Senator Gilbert Cedillo, was unveiled at the ceremony designating the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) between the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) and Indiana Street the Steven Gadja Memorial Highway.

Ceremony speakers included LAPD officers, Officer Gadja’s mother, Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar’s Chief of Staff Joseph Avila, Senator Cedillo, and Caltrans District 7 Director Doug Failing.

“While I regret the sad occasion, I am grateful that Caltrans could play a part in Officer Gadja’s memorial by ordering and installing the highway signs,” Failing said. “The Department recognizes the incredible service performed by our partners in law enforcement, who keep our roads and citizens safe.”

Failing also acknowledged the dangers that Caltrans workers face on the road, as the Department lost three of its own within the past year. “The Department asks that everyone who drives this route take a moment to consider how much he or she owes to the valor of officers like Steven Gadja and keep safety uppermost in their minds when using the highway system.”

District 7 Director Doug Failing is one of many speakers at the ceremony. The memorial sign is unveiled.