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Joshua Cullins' casket is carried into the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels by members of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Marine Corps for his funeral Wednesday. Cullins, 28, who was an LAPD officer, was killed Oct. 18 while serving as a Marine reservist in Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Retired LAPD Chaplain Steve Hillmann stands next to a picture of Cullins as he speaks at the service. Cullins was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in the Marja region of Afghanistan's dangerous Helmand province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Fellow LAPD officers attend the funeral Mass for Cullins at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Cardinal Roger Mahony offers a blessing for Cullins during the service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Cullins' mother, Barbara, is emotional during the service. With her are her son Cooper, left, and husband, Jim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

A large Marine Corps contingent was on hand for the funeral Mass.


Among the dignitarities at the service were LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, second from left, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, third from left, and Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger, right.


Cullins' LAPD cap and badge were on display at the service.


Two LAPD officers and a Marine stand watch over Cullins' casket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

An honors ceremony is held by the LAPD and Marine Corps at Los Angeles International Airport as Cullins' body is returned from Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Cullins was an explosives ordnance disposal technician, dismantling bombs in Afghanistan.

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Farewell to LAPD officer and Marine killed in Afghanistan

Funeral services were held Wednesday for LAPD Officer Joshua Cullins, 28, who, as a Marine Corps Reserve staff sergeant serving as a bomb disposal technician in Afghanistan, was killed Oct. 18 when a secondary explosion was set off as his unit investigated an earlier bombing. His body was received by Marine and LAPD color guards at Los Angeles International Airport. Family members, friends and colleagues were able to view Cullins’ casket at the LAPD’s headquarters. Cullins was only two days away from being reassigned to a base camp administrative job after spending six months in Afghanistan disarming roadside bombs,  Times staff writer Bob Pool wrote in his article “LAPD officer’s parents feared for his safety.”


  1. November 3, 2010, 8:34 pm

    may god have you in his presence…rest in peace beloved son and brother….

    By: steess
  2. November 3, 2010, 10:05 pm

    Being not only an officer of the LAPD, but also a soldier that disarmed bombs, this man showed a level of dedication and courage not shown by many others.

    May you rest in peace, Sir.

    By: Sperko

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