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In Memory of Officer Keith Boyer

0 1aab5By George L. Nitti

At Bob and Dave's Towing in Whittier, Calif., it has become natural for the company to dedicate several of their trucks to those who have fallen in the line of duty, whether its towers or other first responders.

Officer Keith Boyer, a 27-year veteran with the Whittier Police Department, was shot and killed last month. He was gunned down after responding to an roadside accident of a gang member who was involved.

"We've all towed with this officer," said company owner Rodney Sellers, "everyone from my father to our office personnel, who personally knew him."

As a tribute, the company put together a truck honoring Boyer, decorating their 2011 Ford F-550/Holmes 480 Autoloader.

"In two weeks," Sellers said, "we did a lot of work on it and were able to get the truck to the funeral, where the police department put it front and center."

It is a very touching tribute, with a picture of Boyer prominent on areas of the truck. There's a large-scale image of him on the hood, where he is front and center with an American flag set in the background alongside his badge. Under the image are the words, "In Loving Memory."

His picture is also on the sides of the unit alongside his badge number, 249, and his EOW—the date his service ended with the police department. The back of the unit was also newly painted with his badge number and the words, "To Serve and Protect."

"I can't tell you how many officers have told us how highly they think of our truck," Sellers said. "Recently I went to an awards dinner and one of the officer's wives said, 'I saw the truck. It's been accepted by the officers.' "

The truck has been a work in progress with more to come, including a statement from the police chief that will appear on the side doors.

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