Huntington Beach

Honoring HBPD’s Nicholas Vella

A LARGE CROWD at dedication of tribute to Officer Nicholas Vella

A large crowd showed up on Saturday for the unveiling ceremony of a memorial highway sign honoring Officer Nicholas Vella of the Huntington Beach Police Department. 

He died in a helicopter crash in February 2022 when the aircraft crashed into the water off Newport Beach.

The unveiling of the sign was at Huntington City Beach at the south Beach Boulevard entrance to Pacific Coast Highway. Speakers at the event included State Sen. Janet Nguyen and Huntington Beach Mayor Tony Strickland.

The sign will mark the stretch of Beach Boulevard from PCH to Talbert Avenue as Officer Nicholas Vella Memorial Highway.

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