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A tip of the (police) cap to you: Fullerton PD raises money for Special Olympics

Police Chief Dan Hughes had barely stepped into Heroes Bar & Grill in downtown Fullerton when a patron in a baseball cap walked up to him and handed him $10. “Hey chief, I want you to have...

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Garden Grove PD takes care of one of its own, a 15-year-old boy named Philip

In December, on the night before he was required to start three weeks of training as a new sergeant at the Garden Grove PD, Phil Schmidt’s 15-year-old son had to be rushed to the...

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Westminster remembers fallen heroes with annual memorial bike ride

When their muscles burned and fatigue set in, they pedaled harder. As icy wind cut through thin jerseys and the incline of a hill forced labored breath, they pushed on. Everything these 13...

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Three officers, chaplain join the Tustin Police Department

The Tustin Police Department welcomed four new members to its ranks with a swearing in ceremony on Thursday. More than a dozen Tustin police employees, both sworn and civilian, lined the back of...

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Anaheim Police honor 12 local youngsters at ‘Do the Right Thing’ awards ceremony

The sixth-grade girls were at science camp in January when one of them confided in the other. It was a terrible secret the 12-year-old had been keeping to herself. That night in the cabin in...

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Tustin, Irvine police remember Beckman student with memorial soccer game

If Kelsey Harris were there, she would have yelled to the player who drifted offsides for the third time to watch his position. If she were watching, Kelsey may have groaned along with the crowd...

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The gift of words: Letters from kids kept firefighter’s spirits up during deployments

The firefighter keeps the photo on his smartphone --- an image he’ll never delete. It’s a note from a kid named Ryan that Fullerton Firefighter Thomas Barbor received while serving during a...

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Anaheim PD's Cops 4 Kids Junior Cadets program steers kids down the right path

Anaheim Police Sgt. Jacob Gallacher stood on the Paul Revere Elementary School playground questioning a young boy about why he’s habitually getting to school late in the morning. He asked the boy:...

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Behind the Badge OC staffers, contributors win eight Orange County Press Club awards

BehindtheBadgeOC.com staff members and contributors won eight awards at the Orange County Press Club’s annual journalism awards and gala Monday night for stories, photos and videos published in...

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Fullerton Fire, Brea Fire Departments share command staffs for community benefit

Four years ago, when a battalion chief position became vacant at the Brea Fire Department, the city managers of Brea and Fullerton put their heads together to come up with a novel idea: Why not have...

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