Family ties are not uncommon at the Burbank Police Department, where
Sgt. Rick Madrid was recently promoted to lieutenant.
Al Madrid, a retired Burbank lieutenant, pinned the new badge on
his son during a Tuesday morning ceremony. Al Madrid spent 30 years
on the force before retiring in 1983.
Rick Madrid joined the department in 1975 as a cadet, and entered
the police academy two years later. He said it was always a goal of
his to achieve the same rank as his father.
“If I can be half the lieutenant he was, I’ll do a really good
job,” he said.
Al Madrid said being part of his son’s promotion was a great
thrill, one he appreciates more now that he’s older.
“I’m more thrilled with this than I was with my own promotion,” he
With at least one Madrid having served on the force for the past
50 years, spokesman Sgt. Bruce Speirs said the family has made a
major impact on the department.
“Everybody on the department has worked with a Madrid in some form
or fashion,” he said.
Though the Madrid family is notable for the length of time they’ve
been on the force, they are not the only relatives to wear Burbank
Police uniforms. Another father/son tandem is Sgt. Neil Gunn, whose
son Neil recently joined the department as a cadet.
Siblings also serve side by side. Officers Scott and Jason Meadows
are brothers, while Det. Danny Mayreis serves with his sister,
Officer Theresa Geier.
Speirs said there are also numerous husband-and- wife teams
working for the department.
“Law enforcement and the fire service have long family
traditions,” he said. “But I don’t think they’re different than any
other trade or profession -- it gets in a family’s blood.”