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Police Foundation Honors Fallen Officer With Memorial

In unison with the city of Burbank, the Burbank Police Foundation will hold a commemorative ceremony at Johnny Carson Park to unveil a plaque and flagpole in memory of fallen officer Matthew Pavelka, who was killed in the line of duty 20 years ago.

Nov. 15 marks the 20th anniversary of police officer Pavelka’s death.

Pavelka, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was hired as an officer for the city of Burbank on Aug. 5, 2002, at age 26.

Pavelka served as an officer for only 10 months before being killed in the line of duty on Nov. 15, 2003. He is remembered for his dedication to serving and protecting the residents of Burbank.

“As we pay tribute to officer Matthew Pavelka, we reflect on his extraordinary courage and unwavering dedication, hallmarks of his tenure in the Air Force and his service with the Burbank Police Department,” said Burbank Police Chief Michael Albanese. “This plaque and flagpole symbolize his deep commitment and sacrifice, a legacy that will undoubtedly guide and inspire future generations.”

The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Johnny Carson Park. For more information, please contact the Burbank Police Foundation by visiting burbankpolicefoundation.org.

First published in the November 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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