HOLLYWOOD—Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Officers Greg China and Stuart Jaye have been heralded as heroes after helping a father and son duo after a tragedy occurred. According to the LAPD blog, on April 24 at around 12:15 p.m., Juan Fernandez, 37, died while he and his 13-year-old son were vacationing in Hollywood. Father and son are from Illinois and Fernandez died from what appears to be natural causes.
The child had no family in the Los Angeles region making it difficult for him to get back home to his mother in the Midwest. Officer Greg Chin and Officer Stuart Jaye participated with the investigation and aimed to get the young man home. Reserve Officer Drew Terenzini heard what had happened and offered his assistance.
Officers contacted Southwest Airlines to re-schedule the sons return flight, because he had missed his earlier flight due to his father’s death and the investigation. Southwest Airlines had a bit of difficulty re-scheduling the return flight. Reserve Officer Terenzini offered his Southwest Rapid Rewards airline mileage to ensure the young man made it home to his mother.
While waiting for the flight officers contacted the Southwest Airline Grief Unit and they moved the young man to the front of the line and assigned a flight attendant to assist him during his flight home. Southwest Airlines reached out to the family of the deceased to assist with the transportation of his remains and personal effects.
Anyone with questions regarding this incident are asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Division, Sergeant Ben Fernandez at (213) 972-2900.