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Lakewood Sheriff Station to hold vigil on Friday for Deputy Thomas Albanese

Lakewood Sheriff Motor Officer Thomas Albanese. Courtesy photo.
Lakewood Sheriff Motor Officer Thomas Albanese. Courtesy photo.

The Lakewood Sheriff Station will be holding a 24-hour vigil for Deputy Sheriff Thomas Albanese on Friday, Feb. 25 beginning at 12 a.m. on the east sidewalk of Paramount Blvd., just north of Del Amo Blvd.

The vigil marks the one-year anniversary of Deputy Albanese’s tragic death in a collision between his patrol motorcycle and a vehicle at the intersection of Paramount and Del Amo boulevards. He was pursuing a third vehicle for a traffic violation when the collision occurred.

The vigil will consist of a flower arrangement and patrol motorcycle on display on the east sidewalk of
Paramount Blvd. Two deputy sheriffs will be posted in shifts as an honor guard for the full 24-hour period.

The public is welcome to stop by to pay their respects and leave flowers, candles or other items in remembrance of Deputy Albanese either there or at the memorial wall in front of the Lakewood Sheriff Station.

Deputy Albanese was 41 years old with seven years of service with the Sheriff’s Department. He was also a veteran of the Marine Corps where he served for 10 years, including four tours of duty in Iraq. He is survived by his wife and two sons, ages seven and 11.

The City of Lakewood joins in extending its condolences again to the family and colleagues of Deputy Albanese, and in acknowledging all of our public safety personnel in Lakewood for their service and for the dangers they face in protecting us every day.

This article was released by the City of Lakewood.