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On December 6, 1972, Tustin Police Officer Waldron “Wally” Karp was on patrol when he answered a call to backup an Orange County Deputy Sheriff who was responding to a “man with a gun” call. As they approached the residence, they heard rustling in the bushes outside. They called for the suspect to come out. Instead, the suspect fired and hit Officer Karp and a sheriffs deputy.
On January 7, 1973, Officer Karp succumbed to his injuries and passed away. He was a Marine combat veteran and a family man who left behind a grieving wife and children.
For years, Karp’s photo hung in the lobby of the Tustin Police Department as the sole reminder of his sacrifice. But, in 2001, the work and planning of a group of employees led to the construction of a proper memorial for the only TPD officer to die in the line of duty. The memorial stands outside the department’s entrance as a reminder to all not just of Karp’s sacrifice, but the dedication of each police officer that enters the door of the Tustin Police Department.
The memorial ceremony will take place on the 42nd anniversary of Karp’s death, January 7, 2015 at 5;30 pm. The memorial is located in front of the police department, 300 Centennial Drive, Tustin CA.
Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou! Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr! Milad Majid! Feliz Navidad! Merry Keshmish! Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah! Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar! Glædelig Jul! Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad! Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto! Chuc Mung Giang Sinh! Merry Christmas.
The Hanukkah candles have burned down, the Christmas tree remains empty but aglow.
All of us at Our Town Tustin (yes, that is all three of us) would like to wish our Christian friends, a very Merry Christmas, our Jewish friends, a very Happy Hanukkah (regardless of the way you spell it), and our friends of other faiths and belief traditions a very Happy Holiday. And, to everyone, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Though we still grieve for families torn apart by senseless violence, our nation, state and town remain united in promise and faith. And, as we always ask at this time of year, please pray for our US Military members who remain abroad in far away lands. They spend this holiday season apart from their loved ones so that you and I may spend it safely with ours.
P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Robert Wright
AMERICA’S NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
TUSTIN, Calif. – On August 5, 2014, the Tustin Police Department will participate in the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO). The event will take place from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at The District, located at 2437 Park Avenue.
National Night Out is an event in which the citizens of Tustin get together to take a stand against crime, learn more about crime prevention, and mingle with law enforcement personnel in a casual environment. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit, improve police and community partnerships, and most importantly, send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and united in a stance against crime.
In addition to the law enforcement portion of the event, there will be activities for children. Some of the activities will include face painting, games, and a bounce house. Children will also have the opportunity to have a photo taken with law enforcement personnel.
Businesses from The District will be in attendance and some of the restaurants will provide samples of their food. Opportunity raffles will be part of the evening, along with static displays including police, fire, and military vehicles.
There will be a number of Community Based Organizations at the event giving out information on the services they provide to local residents. Some of these organizations will include Get Safe, Alzheimer’s Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Boys and Girls Club, CSP Victim Witness Assistance, Orange County Animal Care, and more.
The newest organization to join us will be The Cooper Center. The Cooper Center’s paleontological collections contain specimens from every major time period since the Jurassic Period or about 180 million years of natural history in Orange County.
Entertainment will be provided by the Tustin Dance Center, Divas Baton Twirlers, and local music.
National Night Out will not only be educational, but it will be entertaining for the entire family. National Night Out is a free event and we hope to see you there.
The State Department of Community and Development has awarded a grant to the city of Tustin for improvements at Frontier Park. The $267,700 grant was provided through the Housing Related Parks Program.
According to the press release, the HRP was developed to increase the overall supply of housing to lower income households by providing financial incentives to cities and counties with newly constructed low income housing. Tustin qualifies through its affordable housing programs.
Tustin intends to use the funds for improvements to the park such as sprayground recycled water equipment (rather timely, due to the drought) and other amenities.