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Ninety-eight years later, LAPD takes time to remember one of its own
Ninety-eight years later, LAPD takes time to remember one of its own

Walter R. Kreps, a Los Angeles police officer, was killed in the line of duty. He was on Avenue 20, racing to respond to a call, when a police car trying to pass a slower automobile collided with his motorcycle. Kreps was 28, married with a 6-year-old son, when he died on March 28, 1916. On Friday morning, 98 years, seven months and 25 days later, Los Angeles police officers gathered on a lonely stretch of grass to honor his service and to mark his unmarked grave. That such a ceremony had come so late prompted apologies. "Unfortunately, the circumstances of time and the passage of time have prevented us from acknowledging this hero in the way that we really should have,"...

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