Month: February 2018

Funeral Procession Route for Fallen Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa

The Mobile Police Department announces the procession route for Officer Justin Billa, which will follow the funeral service set for 10 a.m.

Leaving Cottage Hill Baptist Church located at 4255 Cottage Hill Road, the procession will travel east on Cottage Hill Road turning right onto Azalea Road, from Azalea Road to Highway 90 turning right onto Highway 90. The procession will then travel west on Highway 90 to Three Notch Road and then to the entrance of Mobile Memorial Gardens located at 6100 Three Notch Road.

The Mobile Police Department thanks the citizens of Mobile in advance for their patience, as the procession of possibly hundreds of vehicles will cause traffic delays. However, the public is encouraged to line the route to show their support and give their respects to the family of Officer Billa.

T-Shirts to Honor Officer Billa

Corporal Garafola has designed T-shirts in support of Officer Billa’s Family. She is selling them for $20.00 each. The T-shirts will be black Dri-fit material with the attached design.

She is asking anyone that would like to buy one to e-mail her your name, size  and quantity. She will be placing the order ASAP. You can pay for the shirts when you pick them up . All proceeds from the T-shirts will go to his wife Erin and son Taylor.

Her e-mail is:

allison.burroughs@cityofmobile.org.

Please keep the Billa family in your prayers.

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Robert Warren

President

MCPAAA

Funeral Arrangements Set for Officer Justin Billa

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday, February, 20, 2018.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 26, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile.

The funeral is set for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Cottage Hill Baptist Church. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and public visitation will take place at this time. The funeral service will follow at 10 a.m.

Officer Billa will be laid to rest at Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 6100 Three Notch Road.

A hobby of Officer Billa was police patch collecting. To honor his passion, the Mobile Police Department is asking for all visiting law enforcement agencies to bring a patch to the funeral so that they can be displayed to treasure the memory of Officer Billa.

Those unable to attend the funeral service but wish to offer condolences may stop by the Mobile Police Department Headquarters located at 2460 Government Blvd beginning this Friday to sign the Memorial Book for Officer Billa.

 

Officer Justin Billa

On behalf of the Executive Board and Members of the Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association I would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to Officer Justin Billa’s family. To his wife, son, mother and father, our hearts and prayers go out to you in this difficult and challenging time. To his brothers and sisters in blue, thank you for your testaments of who he was and for your incredible support of his love and passion for service to our city. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” – John 15:13
To his fellow citizens of the City of Mobile, your heartache is shared by many at the loss of a true servant to our community. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” – Matthew 5:9.
Please continue to keep the Billa family and all the men and women of law enforcement in your prayers. We, the MCPAAA Executive Board, will let everyone know of any opportunity or request from MPD or Chaplin Connick asking for assistance. If you would like to donate to Officer Billa’s family, please refer to the attached link set up by MPD. https://www.mobilepd.org/memorial-fund/
May God’s blessing, grace and mercy be upon the Billa family in this time. God Bless the men and women of law enforcement and God bless the City of Mobile, Alabama.

Respectfully
Robert Warren
President
Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

Mardi Gras.

 

Good day to all,

I want to start by thanking each of the fourteen members who volunteered and were able to assist for the Mobile Police Academy Graduation Class 59; there were more than 300 friends and family in attendance. It was a great event and a strong show of support for the new officers starting their careers.

 

 

As everyone knows it is Mardi Gras season in Mobile. We have been asked to assist again in serving lunches to the officers working the parade routes this year. If you had the privilege to serve last year, you know what a great event this is. Last year we served 565 meals on Joe Cain Day and nearly 900 on Fat Tuesday. Due to its incredibly huge success, this year our association has been asked to serve MPD on Monday, as well.

We are in need of four (4) trucks each day to be utilized to take lunches to designated roll calls, and 10-12 volunteers each day to assist in distributing the lunches.

We will meet at the Crime Prevention Office; located behind the Police Headquarters Building @ 2460 Government Blvd., at the following times:

Sunday, February 11, 2018 8 AM
Monday, February 12, 2018 8 AM, and
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8 AM.

We should conclude the event by 12:00pm (noon) each day, and you will be able to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities, too.

If you are available to help with this event please contact Angel Cooper at angelcooper@mcpaaa.com or me at robertwarren@mcpaaa.com. Cell: 228-281-0062.

Please also mark your calendar for:
Blues, Brews, and Burgers
March 2, 2018 7pm -10pm @ Azalea Manor (downtown)
This benefit is held for the Mobile Law Enforcement foundation. There will be great live music, cold beer and fresh grilled burgers and brats. The cost of Admission is $25.00 per person, which includes two drink tickets. Space is limited.

If you would like tickets for this incredible event, please contact john.weichman@cityofmobile.org Cell: 251-401-7246.

We look forward to seeing you during one or more of our Mardi Gras event days. This is a wonderful way for us to show appreciation to those who serve and protect our great city; these folks work very long days during this time of year.

Robert Warren
President MCPAAA
robertwarren@mcpaaa.com
228-281-0062