01/04/2010

Philly officer who left mark on community honored 14 years later

Lauretha Vaird was gunned down during a '96 bank robbery in Phila.

Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — In the 14 years since Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery, little had been done to publicly memorialize her. That changed yesterday.

Police cruisers lined Whitaker Avenue outside the Boys and Girls Club in Feltonville, which is named for Vaird. Inside, 25 members of her 25th District stood at attention as dignitaries recognized her on the anniversary of her death.

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