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In the Line of Duty

  • Officers carrying flag draped coffin.
  • Two flag draped coffin.
  • Deputies saluting on freeway.
  • Sheriff's Badge with memorial ribbon.
  • Someone killed a policeman today and
    A part of America died.
    A piece of our country he swore to protect
    Will be buried with him at his side.
    The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
    With counsel demanding his rights
    While a young widowed mother
    must work for her kids
    And spend many long lonely nights,
    The beat that he walked was a battlefield too,
    Just as if he had gone off to war.
    Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
    To his name they will add a gold star.
    Yep, somebody killed a policeman today
    In your town or mine.
    While we slept in comfort behind locked doors,
    A cop put his life on the line.
    Now his ghost walks a beat on the dark city street
    And he stands at each rookie's side.
    He answered the call, of himself gave his all
    And a part of America died.
    —Unknown—
  • Officers carrying flag draped coffin.
  • Deputies marching in formation.
  • Deputy saluting limousine.

This is our tribute to our brother and sister officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and our community. These officers are heroes and will always be remembered here and in our hearts. Click on each officer's name to learn more about their tragic incident and pray that no more officers will give the ultimate sacrifice.

  • American flag hanging over roadwayJoseph McKinney, August 15, 1850 - Shot to death arresting barricaded subject.
  • Charles J. Ogle, March 12, 1951 - Patrol vehicle was struck by a drunk driver.
  • William Littlejohn, June 3, 1955 - Patrol vehicle was struck by a drunk driver.
  • Roger L. Bauman, December 12, 1961 - Shot to death during the pursuit of an armed robber.
  • Kenneth B. Royal, June 7, 1968 - Shot to death while arresting an armed robbery suspect.
  • Bruce R. Verhoeven, December 4, 1973 - Shot to death while arresting an armed robbery suspect.
  • Stewart P. Baird, June 13, 1976 - Beaten to death by suspect during an armed robbery.
  • Christopher W. Boone, October 25, 1979 - Shot to death during a surveillance of a sex assault suspect.
  • Eugene N. Luther, April 25, 1980 - Shot to death while off duty by an unknown robbery suspect.
  • David E. Miller, January 2, 1983 - Killed during a vehicle pursuit of an assault suspect.
  • Richard Deffner, January 21, 1988 - Shot to death during a Special Enforcement Detail operation in search of a wanted felon.
  • Sandy Larson, December 8, 1998 - Killed as a result of a traffic accident while transporting two inmates from Soladad Prison.
  • Kevin Blount, July 13, 2005 - Killed in a helicopter crash during routine patrol near Lake Natoma.
  • Joseph Kievernagel, July 13, 2005 - Killed in a helicopter crash during routine patrol near Lake Natoma.
  • Jeffrey Mitchell, October 27, 2006 - Shot to death during a traffic stop by an unknown suspect.
  • Vu D. Nguyen, December 19, 2007 - Shot to death during a foot pursuit.
  • Paul W. DeRouen, March 29, 2008 - Died of complications 22 years after being struck by a vehicle during an altercation with a suspect.
  • Lawrence W. Canfield, November 12, 2008 - Killed as a result of a traffic accident.
  • Danny P. Oliver, October 24, 2014 – Shot to death during the investigation of a suspicious vehicle.
  • Robert A. French, August 30, 2017 – Shot to death during a gun battle while responding to shots fired during a probation search.

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