Norlemann remembered Kuredjian's enthusiasm on that August morning.
"When I walked over to him, he looked at me, we shook hands and he had
that big old Jake grin on his face and he said, 'That was awesome,' "
But not long after that day, Kuredjian, 40, was fatally wounded on
Aug. 31 in a barrage of gunfire while helping federal agents as they
served a warrant on James Allen Beck, said sheriff's Dep. Margarita
Beck, 35, the alleged gunman, had been wanted by authorities for
allegedly impersonating a federal agent and is believed to have died in
the ensuing fire that consumed his Santa Clarita home, Velazquez said.
For Burbank resident Norlemann, who once worked with Kuredjian in
Santa Clarita, memories surfaced of a friendship that centered around a
love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and long highway rides.
Only five days before the fatal shooting, Kuredjian joined fellow
officers and colleagues in a ride from the parking lot of a Mexican food
restaurant in Studio City to Santa Clarita in a pre-ride for Norlemann's
annual Downed Officers Ride, an 80-mile motorcycle trek that raises money
for survivors of officers and firefighters killed or injured.
Norlemann met Kuredjian about seven years ago at the Santa Clarita
After they discovered a mutual interest in motorcycles, the two became
members of a group that helped start a local chapter of Iron Warriors, a
motorcycle club for firefighters and law enforcement officers.
"Throughout his career, he always loved motorcycles and loved being a
cop," Norlemann said. "Most of the time we hung out, it had something to
do with motorcycles."
Norlemann now looks toward next year's annual ride. Kuredjian will be
honored, though Norlemann is still pondering how.
"I've got several ideas," he said. "It's kind of soon. I need to talk
to his fiancee. We'll do something."