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Altadena Sheriff's Station

(626) 798 1131
780 East Altadena Drive Altadena CA 91001

Serving the areas of: Altadena, Angeles National Forest Mount Wilson Area (Eaton Canyon),Chaney Trail, Kinneola Mesa, La Vina, Northeast Pasadena, Pasadena Glen.

Altadena Sheriff's Station

(626) 798 1131
780 East Altadena Drive Altadena CA 91001

Serving the areas of: Altadena, Angeles National Forest Mount Wilson Area (Eaton Canyon),Chaney Trail, Kinneola Mesa, La Vina, Northeast Pasadena, Pasadena Glen.

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It is with heavy hearts we report the tragic death of @WestValleySAR member Timothy Staples. Tim was one of many brave volunteers searching areas of Mt. Baldy for a missing hiker.

UPDATE: Mt. Baldy search and rescue.  During today’s search a SBSD-Search and Rescue team member became separated from his partner. An air search located the team member unresponsive on ice and snow. A medic was lowered to the SAR member and discovered him deceased.

The cause and circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown and investigators are working to determine exactly what occurred. ALL search operations for Mr. Mokkapoti are suspended: SAR crews are being recalled from the mountain and search operations are being re-evaluated. 
The above message was from San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone at Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and Altadena Sheriff’s Station are grieving the loss of a fellow rescue team member. (SAR=search and rescue). #lodd #lasd #sanbernardino #sar

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God bless another selfless warrior, RIP in heaven Timothy. So heartbreaking.

RIP. You will be remembered for the kindheartedness that drove you to be someone who looks out for others. I’m so saddened to hear this and praying for his friends and family.

That is so sad and incredibly tragic! Sympathies to his family and friends, and thank you to all the SAR volunteers!

Thank you for your courage and your brave effort. RIP🙏

How sad what a tragedy may Rest In Peace 😭🙏 my condolences to the family no words to express my deepest condolences a tremendous lost!!!! And also to all volunteers 🙏🙏🙏

Yes. Praying for all those family and friends grieving his loss, that JESUS will meet all their needs.In JESUS' NAME. AMEN!

No greater love has anyone than to lay down their life for another. Rest in peace. May God's grace cover his family and friends.

Tragic. RIP🙏🏼✝️

My heart is breaking for this brave man and his family.

Sincere condolences to his family, friends and community he served.

So very sad. May this hero forever rest in peace.

Thank you and rest in peace. 😔

So sad, Rest In Peace Timothy Staples 💔😢🙏

I heard this on the radio on my way home about a half hour ago. So sorry. Thanks for putting a face to this story.

May this man Rest In Peace. My thoughts are with his family.

My Condolences to his family

So incredibly sad.

With a grateful heart for his service... I pause to say a prayer.

Very sad my prayers are with you...

Condolences.

So sad .. keep us posted please

Sleep well Sir 🇺🇸 rest in peace 🙏

So sorry for your loss 🙏🏻🙏🏻💙

It’s so very sad that this man died. Especially while searching for someone who put everyone else’s lives in jeopardy. People he saw told him it was too dangerous. No one else was stupid enough to keep going. I’m glad the search has been suspended. Please don’t go back up there.

RIP Tim. 🙏🙏

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It is with heavy hearts we report the tragic death of @WestValleySAR member Timothy Staples. Tim was one of many brave volunteers searching areas of Mt. Baldy for a missing hiker.

UPDATE: Mt. Baldy search and rescue.  During today’s search a SBSD-Search and Rescue team member became separated from his partner. An air search located the team member unresponsive on ice and snow. A medic was lowered to the SAR member and discovered him deceased.

The cause and circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown and investigators are working to determine exactly what occurred. ALL search operations for Mr. Mokkapoti are suspended: SAR crews are being recalled from the mountain and search operations are being re-evaluated. 
The above message was from San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone at Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and Altadena Sheriff’s Station are grieving the loss of a fellow rescue team member. (SAR=search and rescue). #lodd #lasd #sanbernardino #sar

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It is with heavy hearts we report the tragic death of @WestValleySAR member Timothy Staples. Tim was one of many brave volunteers searching areas of Mt. Baldy for a missing hiker.

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏. Very sad.. my condolences to his family.

As a hiker I appreciate your service, condolences to the family.

This is so sad. Sending condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace. He is a true hero, he died trying to help find the lost hiker.

For the family, the loss is great, may you cherish his memories. We so appreciate our SAR community & grieve with you.

Thank you for your service and selflessness. The work all SAR individuals do is truly amazing. So sorry to hear of a fallen hero.

Thank you SAR! Thank you for your courageous efforts. As all first responders, you have my deepest thanks and greatest respect.

So sad, my condolences go out to his family, friends and SAR team.

Im so sorry for the loss of a SAR. Member. May he rest in peace and the path to heaven be lite up for him and the gates of heaven be wide open.

So very sad. Thank you for Your service. God bless him and his family.

That is so sad about the SAR person and the missing hiker.

Prayers for SBSD snd SAR I loved training with them at SAR City all the years

Very Sad News🖤 Prayers for The Family and The SAR Family🖤May He Rest In Peace🖤

So sorry to hear this. Praying for the lost person and the SAR family.

Wow , I had no idea there were two missing people . This is really sad to hear . I'm so sorry for the loss of this good man . My condolences to the family ,friends and community . I hope and pray that the other SAR member is found soon . I'm sure that his family want him home as well .

Prayers for his family and friends and God bless you all.

I am so sorry. I know the search and rescue community is very close.

Oh Lord!!.. 😢😢🙏🏽 please... God Has a Hero in Haven... RIP THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SR.🙇‍♂️

Truly a sad situation for all those involved...Prayers for those affected

RIP. So sorry to hear the news. So sad.

I am devastated by this story. God speed 🙏🏻😭

So sad. At Christmastime 😥

Prayers to the SAR members family and to all SAR members.

Very sad but after all these days this is a recovery effort not rescue.

Such sad news, rest in peace

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It is with heavy hearts we report the tragic death of @WestValleySAR member Timothy Staples. Tim was one of many brave volunteers searching areas of Mt. Baldy for a missing hiker.

UPDATE: Mt. Baldy search and rescue.  During today’s search a SBSD-Search and Rescue team member became separated from his partner. An air search located the team member unresponsive on ice and snow. A medic was lowered to the SAR member and discovered him deceased.

The cause and circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown and investigators are working to determine exactly what occurred. ALL search operations for Mr. Mokkapoti are suspended: SAR crews are being recalled from the mountain and search operations are being re-evaluated. 
The above message was from San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone at Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and Altadena Sheriff’s Station are grieving the loss of a fellow rescue team member. (SAR=search and rescue). #lodd #lasd #sanbernardino #sar

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God bless another selfless warrior, RIP in heaven Timothy. So heartbreaking.

RIP. You will be remembered for the kindheartedness that drove you to be someone who looks out for others. I’m so saddened to hear this and praying for his friends and family.

That is so sad and incredibly tragic! Sympathies to his family and friends, and thank you to all the SAR volunteers!

Thank you for your courage and your brave effort. RIP🙏

How sad what a tragedy may Rest In Peace 😭🙏 my condolences to the family no words to express my deepest condolences a tremendous lost!!!! And also to all volunteers 🙏🙏🙏

Yes. Praying for all those family and friends grieving his loss, that JESUS will meet all their needs.In JESUS' NAME. AMEN!

No greater love has anyone than to lay down their life for another. Rest in peace. May God's grace cover his family and friends.

Tragic. RIP🙏🏼✝️

My heart is breaking for this brave man and his family.

Sincere condolences to his family, friends and community he served.

So very sad. May this hero forever rest in peace.

Thank you and rest in peace. 😔

So sad, Rest In Peace Timothy Staples 💔😢🙏

I heard this on the radio on my way home about a half hour ago. So sorry. Thanks for putting a face to this story.

May this man Rest In Peace. My thoughts are with his family.

My Condolences to his family

So incredibly sad.

With a grateful heart for his service... I pause to say a prayer.

Very sad my prayers are with you...

Condolences.

So sad .. keep us posted please

Sleep well Sir 🇺🇸 rest in peace 🙏

So sorry for your loss 🙏🏻🙏🏻💙

It’s so very sad that this man died. Especially while searching for someone who put everyone else’s lives in jeopardy. People he saw told him it was too dangerous. No one else was stupid enough to keep going. I’m glad the search has been suspended. Please don’t go back up there.

RIP Tim. 🙏🙏

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It is with heavy hearts we report the tragic death of @WestValleySAR member Timothy Staples. Tim was one of many brave volunteers searching areas of Mt. Baldy for a missing hiker.

UPDATE: Mt. Baldy search and rescue.  During today’s search a SBSD-Search and Rescue team member became separated from his partner. An air search located the team member unresponsive on ice and snow. A medic was lowered to the SAR member and discovered him deceased.

The cause and circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown and investigators are working to determine exactly what occurred. ALL search operations for Mr. Mokkapoti are suspended: SAR crews are being recalled from the mountain and search operations are being re-evaluated. 
The above message was from San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone at Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and Altadena Sheriff’s Station are grieving the loss of a fellow rescue team member. (SAR=search and rescue). #lodd #lasd #sanbernardino #sar

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It is with heavy hearts we report the tragic death of @WestValleySAR member Timothy Staples. Tim was one of many brave volunteers searching areas of Mt. Baldy for a missing hiker.

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏. Very sad.. my condolences to his family.

As a hiker I appreciate your service, condolences to the family.

This is so sad. Sending condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace. He is a true hero, he died trying to help find the lost hiker.

For the family, the loss is great, may you cherish his memories. We so appreciate our SAR community & grieve with you.

Thank you for your service and selflessness. The work all SAR individuals do is truly amazing. So sorry to hear of a fallen hero.

Thank you SAR! Thank you for your courageous efforts. As all first responders, you have my deepest thanks and greatest respect.

So sad, my condolences go out to his family, friends and SAR team.

Im so sorry for the loss of a SAR. Member. May he rest in peace and the path to heaven be lite up for him and the gates of heaven be wide open.

So very sad. Thank you for Your service. God bless him and his family.

That is so sad about the SAR person and the missing hiker.

Prayers for SBSD snd SAR I loved training with them at SAR City all the years

Very Sad News🖤 Prayers for The Family and The SAR Family🖤May He Rest In Peace🖤

So sorry to hear this. Praying for the lost person and the SAR family.

Wow , I had no idea there were two missing people . This is really sad to hear . I'm so sorry for the loss of this good man . My condolences to the family ,friends and community . I hope and pray that the other SAR member is found soon . I'm sure that his family want him home as well .

Prayers for his family and friends and God bless you all.

I am so sorry. I know the search and rescue community is very close.

Oh Lord!!.. 😢😢🙏🏽 please... God Has a Hero in Haven... RIP THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SR.🙇‍♂️

Truly a sad situation for all those involved...Prayers for those affected

RIP. So sorry to hear the news. So sad.

I am devastated by this story. God speed 🙏🏻😭

So sad. At Christmastime 😥

Prayers to the SAR members family and to all SAR members.

Very sad but after all these days this is a recovery effort not rescue.

Such sad news, rest in peace

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The first 40 years of Altadena finds the fledgling community with no police force of its own. Policing was handled by the County Marshall in Pasadena. By 1927 Los Angeles County had planned to lease the building at 940 East Foothill Boulevard (now 924 East Altadena Drive) adjacent to what was then our Fire Station No. 11 of three years. Designated station no. 7, it was to become the headquarters for the northern division with substations at Temple, San Dimas and Newhall.

Altadena Sheriff’s Station No. 7 was opened with a staff of eight deputies, two per each eighthour shift and two in reserve. In 1930 the deputies moved to a more adequate facility at the northeast corner of Lake and Mariposa. By 1932 all Deputy Sheriffs were required to provide themselves with uniforms.

As early as 1928 the Altadena Sheriff’s Department was wire-linked to every county and state agency by teletype. With this system a National Criminal Advisory Network was made possible.

In 1933 one-way radio patrol cars were provided for all stations within the county. Altadena patrols were broadcast from the Pasadena police department. In 1936 a proposal was made to spend $14,275 on two-way patrol cars for the county. L. A. County sheriff Eugene Biscailuz’s own experience suggested that only $4,000 should be spent on a test system. Two portable transmitting units, one at Altadena and one at Montrose, and six cars were added to the county patrol. The test must have proven quite successful. In 1938, $1.8 million was approved for equipping Altadena and five other stations with two-way radio cars.

In July of 1948 ground clearing was under way for the new Altadena Civic Center at Foothill Boulevard (Altadena drive) and El Molino. This very corner would be the location of the new Altadena Sheriff’s Station. The new County Fire Station No. 11, built in 1955, would round out Civic Center at the corner south of the Sheriff Station. A spot was reserved between the two corners for a town hall, a proposed building for which was moved there in 1991. In 1957, the station received its first black-and-white patrol cars.

Through the 1970’s the Altadena Sheriff’s Station struggled along with a community that was undergoing a dramatic change in demographics. Altadena sheriff’s were initiating a neighborhood improvement plan (nip), which was being widely accepted by neighborhood groups with the intent of fighting neighborhood crime, such as burglaries, thefts, and vandalism. From teletypes to radio cars, the sheriffs entered the computer age by early 1987 with some of its earliest onboard computer systems. This early model “lapcop” system helped patrol officers in writing reports by eliminating the excessive paper work.

By summer 1987, through a plan of consolidation, the Altadena and Crescenta Valley (CV) stations merged, with the captain working from the CV “Substation” and Altadena becoming a local station under a Lieutenant. In October of 1999, the Altadena Station received its fullservice status, and its commander Ronnie Williams was promoted to captain to see the new station into the new millennium. By july 2001, the Altadena Station had completely separated from the partnership of Crescenta Valley Station and became finally a station unto itself, the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

Captain Ronnie Williams, after six years at Altadena Station was succeeded by Captain Joe L. Gutierrez in April of 2002. In April 2010, our current Captain, Steven M. McLean took the helm and continues to serve as Commander of Altadena Station.

– by Mike Manning