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LAPD chaplain injured in bike incident

Posted: March 24, 2014 5:34 p.m.
Updated: March 24, 2014 5:34 p.m.

A Los Angeles Police Department chaplain was injured in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed in Valencia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Father Frank Hicks was treated by Fire Department paramedics curb side on Copper Hill Drive after he went down with the Harley-Davidson bike he was riding shortly after 9:30 a.m.

He was sitting up and conscious as paramedics treated him at the scene, fitted him with a neck brace, placed him on a stretcher and took him to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

At noon, he was reported to be in fair condition, said hospital spokeswoman Maria Orem.

“We got the call as a 911 call of a motorcyclist down,” said Fire Department Inspector Anthony Akins Monday morning. “One patient was transported to an area hospital at 9:52 a.m.”

Hicks — who was ordained in 2000 and who serves as member of the LAPD’s Chaplains Advisory Board and also serves on the LAPD’s Critical Incident Response Team — was traveling west on Copper Hill with a half-dozen retired police officers bound for lunch at the beach when he lost control of his vehicle, said one of riders.

“We’re all retired police officers,” said one member of the group.  “We’re on our way for burgers in Jalama (Beach).

“It looks like his front wheel jammed and he went down,” the group member said.
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