National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Announces January 2022 Officers of the Month

Three Los Angeles (CA) Police Officers extricated trapped pilot following crash on tracks

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM) today announced Christopher Aboyte, Damian Castro and Robert Sherock of the Los Angeles Police Department have been named Officers of the Month for January 2022. The three officers rescued a trapped pilot that had crash-landed on railroad tracks in the City of Pacoima, seconds before a train collided with and destroyed the aircraft.

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 in time to save the pilot’s life.

“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 Los Angeles Police Department and is currently assigned to Foothill Patrol Division. Officer Aboyte was appointed to the Department on January 26, 2015. Officer Aboyte has received 23-commendations during his service with the Department.

Police Officer II Damian Castro, is a four-year veteran of the LAPD and is currently assigned to Foothill Patrol Division. Officer Castro was appointed to the Department on February 20, 2015. Officer Aboyte has received 11-commendations during his service with the Department.

Police Officer II Robert Sherock, is a ten-year veteran of the LAPD and is currently assigned to Foothill Patrol Division. Officer Sherock was appointed to the Department on November 7, 2011. Officer Sherock has received 59-commendations and a Lifesaving Medal during his service with 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.