LAX Police Officer Dies After Finishing 5K Honoring Police Officer Killed In Line Of Duty
A police officer died after finishing a 5K held annually in honor of a police officer who died while on duty in 2005.Anthony Edwards, 46, of Santa Clarita died not long after he completed the Annual Tommy Scott 5K Memorial Run on Thursday. He was transported to Kaiser Hospital where he died, according to the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association. Edwards had a heart problem that was discovered at the hospital, The Daily Breeze reported.
Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon told the newspaper, "We were honoring one guy - Tommy Scott, who had given his life for this city - and then the irony of it was that an officer who was honoring Tommy passed away himself. It's hard for everyone to get their arms around this."
Edwards graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy and joined the Los Angeles Airport Police in 2001. He was actually a classmate of Scott, who was killed when a man jumped into his patrol car. The man took off while the officer was clinging to the door, and Scott was decapitated when the patrol car struck a fire hydrant.
Edwards leaves behind his wife, Candice, and their two adult children, Ashley and Anthony. Memorial arrangements are pending for Edwards.