Remembering the contributions of an LAPD officer

The newsletter emailed by Capt. William Murphy of the LAPD Northeast Division is usually devoted to the most recent crimes statics and trends. But last week’s Northeast Newsletter took a much more personal tone. Murphy turned part of the report into a tribute to one of his officers, Kenneth Aragon, the 47-year-old father of five who died Dec. 3 in an early morning accident while riding his motorcycle in Atwater Village. The community relations officer was known for his dedication to working with local youth. However, Aragon’s contributions after nearly 20 years on the force have been overshadowed by revelations that he was driving drunk at the time of his death after leaving the bar at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. Murphy writes that Aragon, known to many of his fellow officers as Kenny, and his legacy of community involvement should not be overlooked:

“Kenny cared about kids and the last mission he accomplished
was obtaining toys that we could give to needy families this holiday season … Each year we rely on supportive businesses to purchase toys that we can give to these poor families. Unfortunately, many could not afford to support us this year. This did not deter Kenny, he simply gathered up many of our Explorers and went to the local [COSTCO] and Toys R Us and asked for donations of toys from the people who were shopping there. Through his efforts we gathered dozens of toys which we will give away on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at 8 AM, at Northeast Station. We will give them away in his memory.”

The LAPD has set up a trust fund to benefit Aragon’s children. Click on the link below for details.

Checks needs to be made out to: “Blue Ribbon Trust for Kenneth Aragon”

Send check to: Los Angeles Federal Credit Union

Attn: Blue Ribbon Trust for Kenneth Aragon

P. O. Box 10188

Van Nuys, CA 91410

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