Saturday, March 12, 2011 | 1:55 a.m.
North Las Vegas police officers will host the United States Air Force Thunderbirds today in a charity softball game to benefit a local elementary school.
Residents are invited to the eighth annual event at noon at Mojave High School, 5302 Goldfield St. The game will also feature performances by the police department honor guard and K-9 team, an autograph session with the Thunderbirds, food vendors and a raffle.
Proceeds will be donated to Raul Elizondo Elementary School, named in honor of a North Las Vegas police officer killed in the line of duty in 1995. Last year, the event raised $1,600 that was used to improve the school library.
The event comes on the heels of the 12th annual Raul Elizondo Day, celebrated this year on March 9 at Elizondo Elementary School, 4865 Goldfield St. Students participated in classroom activities, a ceremony honoring Elizondo, police demonstrations and a parade of public safety vehicles.
Elizondo grew up in Henderson and graduated from Basic High School in 1985. He was a member of the school’s 1984 championship wrestling team.
He graduated in 1991 from UNLV with a marketing degree and was hired a year later as a North Las Vegas police officer. He received a number of commendations for his service and was named the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association’s 1994 Police Officer of the Year.
Elizondo was killed Jan. 30, 1995, by a person he stopped near Evans Avenue and Carroll Street. He was shot twice. His assailant took his own life after exchanging gunfire with other police officers.
Elizondo is survived by his mother, Ann, his sister, Ann, and his two younger brothers, Robert and Paul.