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01-03-12, 08:43 AM #1
Part-time deputy earning $1 a year hailed as hero for catching arson suspectA reserve sheriff's deputy who draws a paltry salary of $1 a year is being hailed as a hero for bringing to an end what authorities are calling one of the worst arson sprees in Los Angeles history.
Shervin Lalezary, an Iranian-born lawyer who moonlights as a deputy, was among hundreds of law enforcement officers who spent the last four days looking for the person accused of setting a rash of car and building fires across the city.
Early Monday, Lalezary pulled over a van in Hollywood driven by a man who resembled a person seen in a surveillance video near the scene of one fire.
With the help of backup officers, he then arrested the driver, Harry Burkhart.
"I'll give him a raise of another dollar a year," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca joked Monday evening.Lalezary appeared at a post-arrest news conference with his mother and his brothers. One is a doctor; the other a law student who is also a reserve deputy. The younger Lalezary said he now has "big shoes to fill."
"I'll continue to strive to be as good of a brother and deputy as he is," said Shawn Lalezary.
For his part, Lalezary was quick to dole credit to his fellow law enforcement officers.
"Thank you for coming in to work every day full-time, putting your lives on the line every day full-time,"he said. "I look forward to coming back for my next shift with you guys."
01-03-12, 11:12 AM #2For his part, Lalezary was quick to dole credit to his fellow law enforcement officers.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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01-03-12, 01:47 PM #3
As I have often said, it is usually a smart patrol cop who catches the big ones.
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01-03-12, 06:32 PM #4
Well done, sir. I don't care how much you make a year or what the status of your commission. A cop is a cop.
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01-03-12, 06:55 PM #5
01-03-12, 10:27 PM #6
Kudos to him!Arm the sheep!
01-04-12, 12:37 AM #7
And as I always say, "It's not always about the money."For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
01-04-12, 12:40 AM #8
Bravo Zulu , Deputy Lalezary.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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