The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM) has honored Officer Christopher Aboyte, Officer Damian Castro and Officer Robert Sherock of the Los Angeles Police Department as Officers of the Month for January 2022. The three officers rescued a trapped pilot who had crash-landed his plane on railroad tracks in the Pacoima neighborhood.
On January 9, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the three Los Angeles Police Officers responded to the crash after the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing, roughly a block from the LAPD Foothill police station. They quickly observed the train traveling at a high rate of speed, in the direction of the downed aircraft. Putting themselves at risk, they worked to free the pilot, who suffered severe injuries, from the wreck just before the train demolished what was left of the plane.
“We would like to congratulate Officers Aboyte, Castro and Sherock for their heroism and timely instincts to save the life of the pilot injured in the crash,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Their decisiveness in the face of danger serves as an inspiration for all and we are deeply honored to present them with this award.”
Police Officer II Christopher Aboyte, is a seven-year veteran of the LAPD and is currently assigned to Foothill Patrol Division. Officer Aboyte joined the force in 2015. He has received 23 commendations.
Police Officer II Damian Castro, is a four-year veteran of the LAPD and is currently assigned to Foothill Patrol Division. Officer Castro joined the force in 2015. He has received 11 commendations.
Police Officer II Robert Sherock, is a 10-year veteran of the LAPD and is currently assigned to Foothill Patrol Division. Officer Sherock joined the force in 2011. He has received 59 commendations and a lifesaving medal from the department.
The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty, NLEMM says.