By Lt. Rudy Arellano
On Jan. 30, the California Institution for Women (CIW) Honor Guard participated in presenting the flags for the National Anthem during opening ceremonies at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers vs. the Sacramento Kings game. The center was full as it was also a memorial for the nine lives lost in the helicopter crash. Two of those killed were retired basketball player Kobe Bryant and his young daughter.
Many mourners were also outside, paying tribute using makeshift memorials.
The memorial consisted of a 24-second moment of silence. The number represented Bryant’s basketball number when he played for the L.A. Lakers. The silence followed by a video and pictures of all the victims.
Following the tribute, the CIW Honor Guard presented colors with the United States flag, California flag and rifles on both sides. The Officers who participated in the event are M. Garcia, J. Nuno, K. Duran and L. Rubacalva.
As Correctional Peace Officers they represented the Department professionally in front of media, photographers and the thousands in attendance. The Officers donate their time and efforts ensuring the event went on without a hitch. The goal was also to join the California State Prison-Los Angeles County’s Recruiting Division in the Departmental efforts for recruiting future CDCR employees.