CONTACT: Officer Rob Pedregon
AIRPORT POLICE & SANTA CLAUS BRING JOY AND GIFTS TO CHILDREN AT LAX
(Los Angeles, California – December 25, 2017) This morning at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Airport Police and Santa Claus walked the nine terminals of the second busiest airport in the Nation, handing out teddy bears, candy canes and ornaments to children and passengers, traveling on Christmas morning.
Mr. Steve Van Noord (Santa Claus), elementary school teacher and uncle of Airport Police Motor Officer Nick Van Dragt, spent his Christmas morning dressed as Santa Claus walking with Airport Police handing out stuffed animals, posing for pictures and greeting travelers and employees with a jolly Ho Ho Ho. “This has become kind of a family tradition and I really look forward to seeing the joy on children’s faces when they receive an unexpected gift from Santa Claus and of all places, at LAX,” said Mr. Van Noord.
“As first responders we can’t always be with our children on Christmas morning but to see the happiness that Santa brings to these travelers, fills that empty space till we can make it home to be with our families,” said Airport Police Captain Michael Scolaro.
For three years the Airport Police and Santa Claus have been handing out treats in the early morning hours of December 25th and through the generosity of Greenscreen of Los Angeles, Cal Plush and Los Angeles World Airports this year was a complete success.
In addition to its nearly 550 sworn officers, the Los Angeles Airport Police includes 430 security officers and nearly 200 civilian professional staff. As the largest aviation law enforcement agency in the nation, the Airport Police patrols and secures Los Angeles International -- the second busiest commercial airport in the U.S. – and Van Nuys (general aviation) airports.
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