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April 6, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haunted by his inability to save a drowning teen-ager three years earlier, Mike Grasso didn't think twice before risking his life by diving into the swift Pacoima Wash on Tuesday when he saw 7-year-old Jordan Bastasin being swept away. It was almost his last heroic act. After drifting three miles in the 40-m.p.h. current, clutching Jordan and an unidentified pedestrian who also was swept away, the lifeguard-turned-police officer made a desperate grab for a concrete abutment.
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June 12, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles police union Monday filed a claim against the LAPD, alleging it is unfairly investigating the husband of the union's president. The Police Protective League contends that the motivation for the investigation is personal, between the union president and Chief Bernard C. Parks. At issue is the further investigation into a disciplinary suspension given to Mike Grasso, the husband of league President Mitzi Grasso.
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June 12, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles police union Monday filed a claim against the LAPD, alleging it is unfairly investigating the husband of the union's president. The Police Protective League contends that the motivation for the investigation is personal, between the union president and Chief Bernard C. Parks. At issue is the further investigation into a disciplinary suspension given to Mike Grasso, the husband of league President Mitzi Grasso.
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October 6, 1996
Re "Saving Lives Part of Job for Top Cop," Sept. 24. For the second time I have read the story about the "Top Cop." In this story, it tells of the drive to the sports club with his best friend; at the award ceremony, it told of his drive with a friend. Well the friend has a name. It is Rick Monsour, and he was driving the van at the time. He also drove his van into the flood channel to help Mike Grasso with the rescue. Take nothing away from Mike Grasso's act, but he was not alone in this heroic rescue, so give some credit to Rick, also.
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October 6, 1996
Re "Saving Lives Part of Job for Top Cop," Sept. 24. For the second time I have read the story about the "Top Cop." In this story, it tells of the drive to the sports club with his best friend; at the award ceremony, it told of his drive with a friend. Well the friend has a name. It is Rick Monsour, and he was driving the van at the time. He also drove his van into the flood channel to help Mike Grasso with the rescue. Take nothing away from Mike Grasso's act, but he was not alone in this heroic rescue, so give some credit to Rick, also.
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April 6, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haunted by his inability to save a drowning teen-ager two years earlier, Mike Grasso did not think twice before risking his life by diving into the swift Pacoima Wash this week when he saw 7-year-old Jordan Bastasin being washed away. It was almost his last heroic act.
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September 24, 1996 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When LAPD Officer Mike Grasso dove into the freezing, rushing Pacoima Wash to save a 7-year-old boy from drowning last year, it wasn't the first time he had saved a life. Fifteen years earlier, Grasso, then answering 911 emergency calls, led a panicked mother through CPR steps to save her year-old son, who had stopped breathing in his crib. The two events came together for Grasso last year when the first boy, now a teenager, called the man who helped save his life.
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April 23, 1995
Thank you for Nicholas Riccardi's story "Water Rescuer Saw Danger and Dived In" (April 6). Finally a positive article involving a Los Angeles police officer makes the front page of The Times. How refreshing. It is too bad Officer Mike Grasso had to risk his life to achieve this kind of recognition. LESA A. MANZO West Hills
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August 28, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot a rattlesnake as it was about to strike his fiancee's 2-year-old child in Woodland Hills, the officer said Tuesday. Officer Mike Grasso said he drew his 9-millimeter service weapon and shot the snake once in the head as it was coiled and ready to strike the girl outside her grandparents' home on Winnetka Avenue near Wells Drive. Grasso, 33, of Chatsworth said he first saw the 52-inch snake on the front porch of his fiancee's home about 3 p.m. Saturday.
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April 5, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people were rescued from Pacoima Wash on Tuesday evening after a 7-year-old boy was seen floating in the water and two men, including a police officer, jumped in to save him and then had to be saved themselves, authorities said. At 6:35 p.m., two girls called 911 to report that the boy, Jordan Bastasin, had fallen into the wash near Gladstone Avenue, according to authorities. The foot-deep water in the mossy-bottomed channel, moving at 12 m.p.h., quickly washed Jordan down the waterway.
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September 24, 1996 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When LAPD Officer Mike Grasso dove into the freezing, rushing Pacoima Wash to save a 7-year-old boy from drowning last year, it wasn't the first time he had saved a life. Fifteen years earlier, Grasso, then answering 911 emergency calls, led a panicked mother through CPR steps to save her year-old son, who had stopped breathing in his crib. The two events came together for Grasso last year when the first boy, now a teenager, called the man who helped save his life.
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April 6, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haunted by his inability to save a drowning teen-ager two years earlier, Mike Grasso did not think twice before risking his life by diving into the swift Pacoima Wash this week when he saw 7-year-old Jordan Bastasin being washed away. It was almost his last heroic act.
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April 6, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haunted by his inability to save a drowning teen-ager three years earlier, Mike Grasso didn't think twice before risking his life by diving into the swift Pacoima Wash on Tuesday when he saw 7-year-old Jordan Bastasin being swept away. It was almost his last heroic act. After drifting three miles in the 40-m.p.h. current, clutching Jordan and an unidentified pedestrian who also was swept away, the lifeguard-turned-police officer made a desperate grab for a concrete abutment.
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December 8, 2001 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finally, a gift for the person who has everything: an LAPD doll. Standing 1 foot tall, the handsomely chiseled cop carries a gun, baton, radio, flashlight, pepper spray and handcuffs. He goes by the ethnically bland name of "Patrol Officer West," but carries enough attitude to keep the peace from Rampart to West L.A. "We try to make it look as authentic as possible," said Peter Repovich, a director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
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December 30, 1995
- Bill Crowfoot, the Pasadena city councilman who gave up a lucrative corporate law practice to become a teacher in a run-down high school. - L.A. Police Academy instructor Mike Grasso, who, haunted by an inability to save a drowning teenager two years ago, dove into the swift Pacoima Wash to rescue a 7-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man who had been swept away. The act nearly cost him his own life, but when they were all finally pulled out, Grasso's first question was, "How's the boy?"
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