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    TSA officer honored at LA airport

    A bagpiper led a procession through LAX as the US Honor Flag arrived at a ceremony honoring Gerardo Hernandez.
    Brad graverson/reuters
    A bagpiper led a procession through LAX as the US Honor Flag arrived at a ceremony honoring Gerardo Hernandez.

    LOS ANGELES — The Transportation Security Administration officer killed by a rampaging gunman at Los Angeles International Airport was honored on Wednesday afternoon in a solemn ceremony at the airport.

    Gerardo Hernandez was remembered by blue-shirted TSA colleagues who formed a procession out of Terminal 3, where he was shot. They were saluted by a line of police. City firefighters and members of other agencies also were on hand as a motorcade circled the airport’s main road twice.

    A special US honor flag that has been used across the nation to honor fallen police and firefighters was flown in from Texas and escorted by an honor guard and bagpipers. The flag is expected to be used at Hernandez’s funeral, although no date or details of the service have been announced.

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    Some passengers inside Terminal 3 put their hands over their hearts as the flag was carried through the terminal.

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    ‘‘I have real respect for what they do at the TSA,’’ Ann Harris, of Dallas, told City News Service. ‘‘I never imagined they would have to give their lives.’’

    Hernandez is the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty. The 39-year-old father of two was shot Friday in an attack that wounded two other TSA officers and a bystander. All are expected to recover.

    ‘‘He was a great officer,’’ Jason Pantages, assistant federal security director for TSA, said.

    Associated Press