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Today marks the three year anniversary of the death of Detective Jeremiah Alan MacKay. Please take a moment to remember Jeremiah, who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

On February 12, 2013, Jeremiah along with other law enforcement officers received information on the possible location of a murder suspect. The suspect had sparked a regional manhunt after the deaths of 3 others, including two Southern California law enforcement officers. While formulating a plan to tactically search a rural property in Angeles Oaks, deputies encountered rapid gunfire. A deputy sheriff was struck four times by gunfire and fell to the ground. Jeremiah repositioned himself and returned fire while also directing air support to their location. During the exchange of fire, Jeremiah was shot multiple times and was fatally wounded. Jeremiah succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Jeremiah began his career as a deputy sheriff with our department in 1998. The 14-year veteran worked patrol at the Twin Peaks and Central Stations. In 2006, he was promoted to detective and assigned to the Training Division, where he taught his colleagues tactical and firearms training. His most recent assignment was at the Yucaipa Station.

Jeremiah is survived by his wife Lynette; daughter, Kaytlin and son, Cayden James.

On April 16, 2014 a portion of State Highway 38 from post mile 24.00 to post mile 29.00 was dedicated as “Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Highway.

I have authorized all stations to lower flags to half-staff in memory of Detective Jeremiah MacKay.

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