NORTH HOLLYWOOD - In an effort to promote community engagement and honor a fallen hero, city leaders and law enforcement officials unveiled the LAPD Valley Traffic Division's first Little Free Library and the Officer Christopher Cortijo Memorial. Councilmember Paul Krekorian also announced his initiative to name a nearby intersection "Officer Chris Cortijo Square."
Dozens of community members and children joined officials for the motorcycle-shaped library's unveiling, while Captain Maureen Ryan read a Dr. Seuss classic--The Lorax--in memory of Officer Cortijo. The goal of the library memorial is to build greater sense of community and to promote literacy, while honoring Officer Cortijo.
Last week, Councilmember Krekorian and Councilwoman Nury Martinez also introduced a motion to name the intersection of Van Nuys Blvd. and Arminta St. "Officer Chris Cortijo Square" to commemorate the highly respected Valley Traffic officer who was killed earlier this year.
Officer Cortijo was a 26-year veteran of the LAPD. He was well recognized for his tireless coordination and management of the San Fernando Valley DUI Checkpoints, arresting more than 3,000 drunk drivers during his career.
"Just as Officer Cortijo made the Valley safe for children, Valley Traffic Division is a safe place for kids," Krekorian said. "The little free library will be a lasting reminder of the best of our city, a remembrance of his incomparable contributions and a place where we can build communities through safety and learning."
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