SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Recently retired San Diego police Assistant Chief Boyd Long was lauded by the City Council Tuesday for his 28 years of service.
City Council President Todd Gloria said the city has lost "one of our most seasoned officers," one who he and his staff called countless times on issues large and small.
"He's always been there, he's always been responsive -- day, night, weekend, holiday, it didn't matter, he was always accessible and I always appreciated that," Gloria said.
Long resigned last month to become a vice president at the Valley View Casino in Valley Center. For years, he was an identifiable presence on television with his trademark glasses and mustache when dealing with issues such as homelessness or the Occupy San Diego protests.
He also commanded the SDPD's Northern Division.
According to Councilwoman Marti Emerald, Long once saved several people from a burning building by stacking milk crates to create an escape route.
Long thanked the council members and called San Diego a beautiful city.
"I couldn't be prouder of being a part of this organization for 28 years," Long said. He called the council members friends and thanked Chief William Lansdowne for being a mentor.
Sunday was all about those who laid their lives on the line and with the number of veterans dwindling each year, many present at a Miramar ceremony hope to keep their memory alive.
A Navy Seal team member has died after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.