Golf tournament to help aid families of fallen, injured officers


By Daniel Van Hoosier – Contributing Editor

The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have put together a day of fun for a cause and are inviting interested participants to the Friends of Lakewood Sheriff’s Station Golf Tournament. Those interested in participating or contributing in any way can take part on Monday, Oct. 9, with a shotgun start set for 11:30 a.m. at the 18-hole Westridge Golf Club in La Habra (1400 S. La Habra Hills Drive, La Habra, Calif. 90613). A portion of the proceeds will go to the family of Deputy Michael Haak, who was recently killed in an auto accident. Proceeds from last year’s event provided $5000 each to families of two injured officers. Registration comes with a fee of $150 per player and includes all green fees, golf cart rental, balls, a gift bag, food and beverages while on the course and later a buffet dinner. The cost for dinner by itself is $25 per person. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. Contests will include longest drive, closest to pin and hole-in-one. “It’s a family,” Sergeant Steven Moses said of the department. “The deputies who are not hurt feel helpless. What’s most important is the feeling that they (participants) are helping part of our family that’s in dire straights. Not only do the deputies that are hurt get affected, but their families as well. There are no stipulations to the money we give them.” There is also an array of sponsorship opportunities for individuals or groups of players, ranging from $200 to $2000. For more information, contact Sgt. Moses (562-623-3518, or Det. Roger McNichols (562-623-3704, Registration forms are available at the front desk of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Department. Applications and payments can also be submitted over the phone (562-623-3500). Please make checks payable to: “Friends of Lakewood Station Fund” Attn: golf tournament directors. Lakewood Sheriff’s Station. 5130 N. Clark Ave. Lakewood, Calif. 90712. “It means a lot to the department to have the people they work for and protect to be involved,” Moses said. “We all have to work together as a society to make it a better place.”