Alhambra mourns officer’s off-duty death

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ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A 50-year-old Alhambra police officer was being mourned today following his sudden death while off duty.

Officer Emmanuel “Manny” B. Araneta, a 13-year veteran of the Alhambra Police Department, died unexpectedly on Monday in Riverside County, according to his colleague Sgt. Steven Carr.

Araneta, a Philippines native who emigrated to the United States along with his family in the 1980s, graduated from high school in Upland and later enlisted in the U.S. Army, earning his parachutist badge and receiving an honorable discharge after six years of service, Carr said.

Araneta was hired by the Alhambra Police Department in 2006, having previously worked as a Los Angeles Park Ranger, school security officer for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District and as a police officer with the Compton Unified School District, Carr said.

Araneta is survived by his wife of 20 years, Michelle, and their three children: Zachary, 17; Jeremy, 12; and Isabella, 8.

Services are pending.

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