Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Huntington Beach) invites the community to Huntington State Beach to attend the unveiling ceremony of the Memorial Highway Sign dedicated to fallen Huntington Beach Police Officer Nicholas Vella.
In 2022, Senator Janet Nguyen introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 162 (ACR 162) to designate a portion of State Highway Route 39 in the City of Huntington Beach as the Officer Nicholas Vella Memorial Highway. ACR 162 was unanimously approved by both the State Assembly and Senate.
Officer Nicholas Vella died in the line of duty at 44 years of age on February 19, 2022 in a helicopter crash in Newport Beach. Officer Vella and another pilot were responding to a disturbance call in neighboring Newport Beach when the helicopter crashed in the waters of Newport Beach Harbor. Officer Vella grew up in Southern California and spent 14 years of his life serving the people of Huntington Beach as a police officer and 4 years with the Laguna Beach Police Department.
On Saturday, February 4, 2023, Senator Janet Nguyen will be joined by the Vella family, the City of Huntington Beach, local law enforcement agencies, local elected officials, and community leaders to unveil the Memorial Highway Sign dedicated to Officer Nicholas Vella.
The ceremony is also open to the public to attend to honor Officer Nicholas Vella.
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Huntington City Beach
21501 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(South Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway Entrance)
Members of the Public – George.Boutros@sen.ca.gov