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 Nicholas C. Lee, Police Officer

Nicholas C. Lee

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lee, Nicholas C.


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Division: Hollywood

Location: Loma Vista Dr and Robert Ln.

Date Killed: Friday, March 7, 2014

Cause of Death: Traffic Collision

Bio: Nicholas Choung Lee was born on August 16,
1973 in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States with his
parents Heung Jae Lee (father), and Choung Ja Lee (mother) when he
was six years old. Nicholas has a younger brother Danny and a
sister, Jenny. Nicholas was raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles,
California. Nicholas graduated from University High School, Los
Angeles in 1991 and attended California State University Fullerton
where he graduated in 1996.

Nicholas met Cathy Kim and they married in May 2001. Their first
daughter, Jalen, was born in April 2000, followed by daughter
Kendall in November 2007. Nicholas loved his girls and would go
scootering with the girls as he took them to school. Nicholas loved
barbecuing and serving family and friends. Nicholas was a loving
father, husband, and a great provider. Nicholas ensured his family
came first in all aspects of his life.

Nicholas Lee joined the Los Angeles Police Department on August 31,
1998, a member of the 8B-98 Class. In March 1999, Officer Nicholas
Lee completed his academy training and was transferred to Van Nuys
Division. Nicholas completed probation at Van Nuys and transferred
to Hollywood Division where he worked patrol.

Nicholas was selected as a Police Officer III on October 19, 2003
and assigned to the Juvenile car where he worked for over 2 years.
Nicholas transferred to Wilshire Division in December 2005 where he
worked as a Training Officer and was later selected to work
Wilshire Vice. Nicholas returned to patrol in March 2008 as a Field
Training Officer in Hollywood Division.

Nicholas was an exemplary police officer and received numerous
awards and commendations for his work ethic, professionalism and
compassion. In addition to the many Department commendations,
Officer Nicholas Lee was the subject of myriad Citizen
Commendations. On July 10, 2004, Officer Lee was commended for
helping a stranded motorist by pushing her car two city-blocks to a
gas station where he waited till help arrived; On September 7,
2005, Officer Lee was commended for his dedication and compassion
in the search and location of a missing child; On January 25, 2006,
Officer Lee put an end to a crime spree by taking two narcotic
suspects off the streets.

"Nick was a great cop. His hard work, dedication and leadership
helped mold young police officers into law enforcement
professionals," said Chief Charlie Beck. "Nick's death is a great
loss to our police family, all of law enforcement and the residents
of Los Angeles. The LAPD is forever grateful for the 16 years he
spent protecting our great City. I send my most sincere thoughts
and prayers to his wife, two daughters, and the entire Lee family."

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