Friday, May 23, 2014

IN THE NEWS: San Bernardino County fallen peace officers remembered during memorial ceremony

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> With bagpipes, trumpets and solemn salutes, about 200 people paid tribute to 57 San Bernardino County peace officers killed in the line of duty in the last 110 years.
It was the San Bernardino County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony, an annual event held close to Memorial Day.

“Peace officers risk all in the line of duty so that our lives may be a little safer and our homes a little more secure, and when one of them is killed, we all share in the loss,” said Sheriff John McMahon.

Uniformed representatives - from officers all the way up to chiefs - gathered to remember colleagues they’ve lost.
“We had just spoken the night before in briefing,” recalled Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda of fallen Officer Sergio Carrera, who was killed during a SWAT raid in October 2007.

Carrera is one of two officers killed on duty from Rialto police. The other was Sgt. Gary W. Wolfley, who died in 1986.

Some agencies, including Barstow, Fontana and Redlands police departments, as well as the San Bernardino County Probation Department, attended despite not having any officer losses in their department histories.

Numerous family members of fallen officers also came to the ceremony.
For Sandra and Robert Mould - parents of fallen sheriff’s Deputy Ron Ives - it has become a tradition to be at the event.

Ives died in 2004 when a motorist ran a red light in Rancho Cucamonga and crashed into his motorcycle.

“I come to honor him, of course, and I miss him very much,” Mould said.
Deputy Daniel Lobo Jr., also a motorcycle deputy from the Rancho Cucamonga station, was killed a year later in a crash while on duty.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Alex Collins, who was shot during the Christopher Dorner manhunt last year.

The high-profile incident, during which Deputy Jeremiah MacKay and Riverside police Officer Michael Crain were killed, was mentioned by District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.
Ramos created the Crimes Against Peace Officer Prosecution Unit following the incident. He said there have been 2,300 incidents in San Bernardino County involving law enforcement officers being victims of crimes this year, including officers who have been shot.

“We are not going to let that happen without seeking justice for them,” Ramos said.

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