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The annual “Cops for Kids” Tournament Celebrates the Life of Luis “Frank” Romero  

July 14, 2012 (Escondido)  – The Escondido Police Officer’s Association has announced that their annual “Cops for Kids” golf tournament will be rededicated as the Cadet Luis Romero Memorial Golf Tournament, to be hosted at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Course on Monday, July 16 at 1 p.m. The event celebrates Luis “Frank” Romero, an aspiring law enforcement officer who succumbed to a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor earlier this year at the age of 18.

Romero was 16 when he joined the Escondido Police Explorer Post, a program designed to give young adults hands-on experience with law enforcement duties. Romero volunteered nearly a thousand hours of his free time to the program with the ultimate aspiration of earning the title of Escondido Police Officer.
Upon his diagnosis with a terminal brain tumor in 2011, Romero vowed to continue his law enforcement studies at Cal State San Marcos once he regained his health. Tragically, he lost his year-long battle in April, prior to realizing his dreams of joining the force. After his death, Escondido police chief Jim Maher named Luis an honorary police officer, presenting his family with Badge No. 456.
Proceeds of this tournament will allow current Escondido Explorers to participate in an upcoming Explorer Police Academy, a week-long event that Romero remembered as “one of the best weeks of my life.” Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the registration form can be found at For more information, including details about sponsorship opportunities, contact Lt. Neal Griffin at 760-839-4703.


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