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LAPD officer dies in Afghanistan


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For the second time this year, a Los Angeles police officer has died in Afghanistan.

Two months before his death, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joshua Cullins helped dismantle a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. That was his job. It’s one of the most dangerous assignments in the war. The bomb exploded, and the 28-year-old LAPD cop sustained a concussion.

Back home, fellow officers from his downtown division produced a video message urging him to get well soon.

A friend told the Los Angeles Times that Cullins had written in an email that he felt he “wasn't worthy of the video,” and that he hoped he “wouldn't let everybody down by not making it home.”

On Monday, Cullins was back on the job responding to one explosion when a secondary bomb killed him in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He’s survived by his parents, Jim and Barbara Cullins, his 16-year-old sister Donovan and his 12-year-old brother Cooper.

In March, LAPD SWAT officer Robert Cottle – also a U.S. Marine – died from a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan.