Official Statement RE: Pfc. Ruben Velasco
WEST COVINA, CA, August 10, 2017 – Earlier this week, it was reported that a U.S. Marine helicopter crashed over the weekend when attempting to land on a U.S. Navy ship. The personnel were participating in a training exercise off the coast of Australia. Twenty three out of the 26 Marines were rescued at sea and taken to a hospital. One of the pilots and two Marine passengers however were not found and are considered lost as a result of this tragic accident. One of those lost was a West Covina High School 2016 graduate and City of West Covina resident, Pfc. Ruben Velasco (Age: 19).
West Covina Police Department School Resource Officer Eddie Flores knew Pfc. Ruben Velasco. Ruben played football the four years he was at West Covina High School.
West Covina Mayor Corey Warshaw authorized on Monday this week that all flags at City of West Covina facilities be flown at half-staff through Friday in honor of Pfc. Velasco.
On Tuesday evening, West Covina Police Department Lieutenant Dennis Patton, Lieutenant Pat Benschop, Officer Eddie Flores, and West Covina Police Department Chaplain Dane Johnson met with the Velasco family to express condolences on behalf of the Mayor/City Council and the entire City of West Covina extended family.
The West Covina Planning Commission adjourned its Tuesday, August 8, 2017, meeting in his honor.
In addition, the City Council will be adjourning the Tuesday, August 15, 2017, City Council Meeting in his honor.
The City of West Covina City Council and staff are deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of West Covina resident Pfc. Ruben Velasco as well as his two fellow marines, 1st Lieutenant Benjamin Cross and Corporal Nathaniel Ordway. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew Pfc. Velasco and his fellow marines.