Colleagues remember fallen runners

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first_img Leone moved to St. George, Utah, after retiring and often invited deputies for fishing trips. He had returned to Los Angeles to run in the marathon. Reyna, 52, was a veteran detective in the LAPD division that investigates officer-involved shootings. Laid back and approachable, he was always willing to offer advice on other cases, Voge said. On Monday, officers in his division papered their office door with pictures of Reyna. “He was one of the hardest workers,” Voge said. “Just a straight-out genuinely nice man, a consummate professional and an absolutely good person. That’s why he affected so many people here. It shocked us all. “This department, this division and this city are going to miss him.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A few months ago, when somebody asked LAPD Detective Raul Reyna why he liked to run marathons, his answer was pretty simple: Why not? “He said, ‘It just sounds like something to do,”‘ said Capt. Jim Voge, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division. “It’s a challenge, and he looked forward to completing it.” Reyna, an avid runner with a handful of marathons under his belt, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack at mile 24 of the Los Angeles Marathon. James Leone, a retired sheriff’s deputy running his 11th L.A. Marathon, died of a heart attack in the third mile of the 26.2-mile race. In the previous 20 runnings of the event, only one person died of a heart attack, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Monday, officials from the LAPD and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mourned the losses of Reyna and Leone. Leone, 60, worked as a patrol and jail deputy and facility supervisor at the sheriff’s Industry Station from 1981 until his retirement in 2000. A mechanical whiz who could fix a car or an airplane, he was also involved in the Shriners and the Free Masons. Leone was a black-belt martial artist and an avid runner. He’d often dress up as a clown to entertain sick children at local hospitals, making balloon animals for the patients. “He’d make kids laugh,” said sheriff’s Detective Ljot Inglis, who knew Leone for 18 years. “He’d make them bunny rabbits, poodles, Indian headdresses, all out of balloons. “It doesn’t sound like much, but to a kid that’s sick, it’s a lot.” last_img read more