The Centurion Cheerleaders were established during the 1991-1992 season with a squad of nine civilian employees and one sworn officer. Over the years the squad ranged in numbers from as few as six to as many as fourteen members ranging in age from 19-40, often with an mix of sworn and civilian personnel.
The team worked collaboratively with the Centurions Football team as it traveled around the country competing against other law enforcement football teams. The Centurion Cheerleaders had come to be known as the premiere cheer leading squad in the National Public Safety Football League. When the cheerleaders weren’t busy cheering the football team onto victory, they worked at organizing picnics, barbecues and other events to raise funds for the team's main charity, The Blind Children's Center.
Jill Reinhold – Captain 1992-2002
Teresa Harris – 1992-1994,
Stacey Age – 1994
Reyna Allen – 1993
Randi Alexander – 1992-1994
Siamone Bangphraxay – 2005-2006
Denise Bell – 1992-1993,
Cecile Bradford – 1997
Linda Burks – 1992
Angela Castle – 1993-1994
Sharifa Chamberlain – 2002
Nancy Claiborne – 1998
Ralinda Clayborn – 2002-2003
Mary Clemmons – 1993
Kelly Clemons – 1998
Gisselle Corral - Espinoza –
Josephine Cortinas – 1994
Sara Faden – 1996-2003
Tracye Fields – 2000-2001
Stephanie (Harrington) Fryer –
Kimberly Galetti - 1999
Liily Garret – 2001-2002
Cheri Gonzalez – 1993-1996
Nicole Gumiran – 2004-2006
Lisa Harris – 1993
Leanne Hoffman - 2005
Marijka Humes – 2002
Margo Johnson – 2000
Sharlene Johnson – 1996-2006
Captain 2003 - 2006
Jasminka Jurisaga – 2005
Elizabeth King – 2005
Vanessa Loo – 1998
Terrie Lujan – 1993-1994
Jenifer Mamaril – 2002
Jennifer Marroquin – 2004-2006
Maria Martinez – 1993-1994
Meg McKeever – 1996
Camisha Mitchell – 2002
Esther (Mya Pe) Reyes – 1996-2001
Cynthia Neff – 1996
Ami Rich - 1994
Susan Rock – 2004-2006
Tammy Smith – 1992-1994
Michelle Thomas – 1993
Suneeta Viser – 2002-2003
Katie (Lillo) Walsh – 2003-2005
Heather Weyker – 1997
Teri Williams – 1998-1999, 2001
Beverly Wilson - 1993
OFFICER JAMES CHOQUETTE
Serial No: 14818
Date Killed: Thursday, August 02, 1979
Officer Choquette was killed when his unmarked patrol car was struck by a drunk driver as he responded to the scene of a robbery call.
Officer Choquette had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.
In honor of James, the Centurion offence breaks their huddle on the call of "Choke."
OFFICER MANNY GUTIERREZ
Ser. No: 24654
Date Killed: Monday, December 12, 1988
Officer Gutierrez, Officer David Hofmeyer, and Officer Derrick Connor were killed in an automobile accident while responding to back up other officers who made an officer needs assistance call. The officers needing assistance were detectives making an auto-theft related arrest in downtown Los Angeles.
Officer Gutierrez was survived by his parents.
OFFICER CLARENCE MARSHALL SPENCER, JR.
Officer Spencer was appointed to the Department on March 27, 1989. After one year on the job, he became a member of the LAPD Centurions football team. During the next two years, "Spence," as he was known, worked hard and gave his all to help the Centurions become the 1991 National Police Football champs. During this time, he gained recognition as one of the team's most outstanding players.
On May 4, 1991, while enjoying a weekend ride on his motorcycle, he was killed in an off-duty traffic accident. He was just 25 years old. "Spence" continues to be remembered by all of us for his good nature, for his sense of humor and for his smile, which will forever remain in our hearts and our memories.
In honor of Clarence, the defense breaks their huddle on the call of "Spence."
OFFICER RICARDO LIZARRAGA
Serial Number: 36046
Location: 1743 W. 48th St.
Date Killed: Friday, February 20, 2004
Officer Lizarraga was shot and killed while investigating a domestic disturbance in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles. He and his partner were flagged down by a woman while on patrol. The woman informed the two officers she was having problems with a friend and wanted him removed from her home. As the officers approached the man to search him, he pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Lizarraga in the abdomen, below his vest. Officer Lizarraga's partner returned fire as the suspect fled the scene.
Officer Lizarraga was transported to a local hospital where he died from his wounds approximately 2 hours later. The suspect was arrested about 3 hours after the shooting during a large manhunt. The shooter was a gang member who was on parole and had a long criminal history. The suspect attempted to hang himself in his cell a few hours after his first court appearance. He died the next day from the wounds he received in that attempt.
Officer Lizarraga joined the LAPD on September 25, 2001 and graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy in April 2002. He worked patrol assignments in the 77th Street Area and one year later transferred to the Newton Area. He chose Newton because there he could use his fluent Spanish in the community. He felt it was a great privilege to be working a Z-Car Unit.
Officer Ricardo Lizarraga was born on January 24, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, as the eldest son of Candolario and Cristina. He has a younger brother and two sisters. As a child, he was a "happy" little boy, picking up everything in sight and putting it in his mouth. Richardo played sports at Hamilton High School where he excelled in baseball and loved to play football. Although he was the biggest kid around, he hated fighting.
He worked for Hughes Market for approximately 10 years as a clerk. Ricardo met his wife Joyce there, and they eventually married. Ricardo and Joyce enjoyed traveling. He would go to mom's for breakfast in the morning even after he got married.
Ricardo was quite an athlete. He was excited about being on the LAPD football team - recently boasting about having bars on his nose from being driven into the ground face first. He also enjoyed football and pick-up games of basketball at the park or with his young cousins who loved to challenge him. Whenever he had a chance, he went golfing or running.
Ricardo was a very thoughtful son. He always told his mom - "whatever you want, mom" and got it for her. To all of us, Ricardo was the "gentle giant" that we all love and miss dearly.
Officer Lizarraga had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 2.5 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and two sisters.
OFFICER RANDALL SIMMONS
Location: 19828 Welby Way
Date Killed: February 7, 2008
Officer Simmons joined the LAPD in 1980. In 1986 he went to Metropolitan Division and he joined SWAT in 1991. In 1994 he was promoted to Police Officer III+I and became an assistant squad leader. For the first 10 years of his career, Randy dedicated himself to the LAPD Centurions Football Team and the Blind Children's Center of Los Angeles. Randy was a dedicated teammate and leader. He was the heart and soul of the Centurion organization. Randy Simmons was proud to be a Centurion and made everyone who wore the Centurion uniform proud to be a part of the Centurion Football Team.
On February 7, 2008, Officer III+I Randy Simmons was murdered as he and other members of the Los Angeles SWAT Team made entry into a home of a suspect who had called 911 and claimed to have murdered three family members. As the team entered the home, the suspect opened fire, striking officer Simmons and another officer. Officer Simmons became the first SWAT officer to be killed during a SWAT action.
Officer Simmons had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 27 years.
Simmons, a married father of a teenage son and daughter, spent his off-hours mentoring youth in South Los Angeles -- a sign of how passionate he was about his work and the community where he had been a gang officer for years, colleagues said.
Originally from New York, he had been a football player at Washington State University and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. But an injury shortened his pro football career and he ended up in the LAPD police academy, and then as a patrol officer, starting in 1981. He worked Pacific Division, gang units in South Los Angeles, and then SWAT.
Officer Simmons is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and three sisters.