For Immediate Release
||Wednesday, February 15, 2006
||Steven Frasher, Office of the
Police memorial movie comes to Charter Cable
Riverside, Ca- The towering clock-topped fountain
at City Hall is their memorial; their names are but two among the 14 members of
the Riverside Police Department who have fallen in the line of duty, but their
shocking deaths in a 1971 ambush compelled Riverside make a special place for
the names of Christiansen and Teel.
“More Than A Name” is a 64-minute DVD movie that commemorates the two men
behind the memorials: Riverside Police Officers Leonard Christiansen and Paul
Teel, who were young husbands and fathers, serving together in the RPD during a
simpler but nonetheless turbulent time when they answered a radio call to an
address and were ambushed in a hail of gunfire when they stepped from their
patrol car on April 2, 1971.
The film will be presented several times a week on Charter cable television
channels 31 and 32 over the next four weeks:
Monday -- 4 p.m.
Thursday -- 10 a.m.
Friday -- 5 p.m.
Saturday -- 1 p.m.
“More Than A Name” was created over a two-year period
by Detective Mike Eveland, of the RPD Personnel and Training Division.
While at a pre-academy session for new recruits, an instructor
challenged the police hopefuls to “tell me one name” on the police
memorials at the Orange Street police station. “Not one of them could
name a single name of any of those who have given their lives for the
City,” Eveland said. The result is a gripping and well-told story about
a turning point in the life of Riverside and its police department, but
also a tragic blow to two families.
“The film isn’t so much about what happened to them but who they were,”
Eveland said. Historical images are mixed with recent interviews with
surviving officers, friends and family members. “All of the people who
participated had something they wanted to say,” he said. The result is
moving, engaging and informative.