Monday is Heroes Night at Dodger Stadium and members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Corrections Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles City Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department will all be honored during pregame ceremonies. Representatives of each department will also throw out a simultaneous ceremonial first pitch and Los Angeles City and County Fire Department helicopters will fly over the stadium at the start of the game. The LAPD will present the colors and members of the United States Marine Corps will collect toys and donations for Toys for Tots at all Dodger Stadium entrances. The Veteran of the Game will be retired Army Sergeant First Class Robert Lowe and the kids who take the field with the players at the start of the game will all be the children of servicemen and women.Also, the Dodgers will be honoring fallen Hawthorne Police Officer Andrew Garton.
From the American Heroes Benefit Group Website:
Andrew Garton, a seven year veteran of the Hawthorne Police Department died on May 26, 2011 from injuries sustained when his motorcycle crashed during the funeral procession of another fallen officer. He was the first Hawthorne Police Officer to ever die in the line of duty.
Andrew was born in San Fernando, California, and was a graduate of Antelope Valley High School. Inspired by Sergeant Shawn Shimono, a close friend for over twenty years, Andrew applied and was hired by the Hawthorne Police Department in 2003, and graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in early 2004. Andrew’s many accomplishments include his leadership as Vice President of the Hawthorne Police Officers Association, Treasurer of the Hawthorne Political Action Committee, a long time member of the Hawthorne SWAT Team, an accomplished Motor Traffic Investigator, and a member of the Department’s Honor Guard.
On top of that, Dodger Scout John Green will be on-hand during pre-game ceremonies in honor of his daughter Christina-Taylor Green.
Also as part of Heroes Night and to recognize the 10th anniversary of September 11th, Dodger scout John Green, whose daughter Christina-Taylor Green would’ve been 10 this September 11, will be at the game as Christina-Taylor is remembered during pre-game ceremonies. Fans wishing to support the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation or learn more about it can visit www.christina-taylorgreen.org