The California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation announced that the 2015 Memorial Ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 3 and Monday May 4 this year. The events will take place at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Sacramento, as well as the California State Capitol and the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento.
Detective Sergeant Tom A. Smith Jr. of the BART Police Department. EOW (End Of Watch) January 21.
Officer Juan J. Gonzalez of the California Highway Patrol Fresno Office, EOW February 17.
Officer Brian M. Law of the California Highway Patrol Fresno Office, EOW February 17.
Officer Nicholas C. Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department. EOW March 7.
Deputy Ricky P. Del Fiorentino of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. EOW March 19.
Officer Christopher A Cortijo of the Los Angeles Police Department. EOW April 9.
Officer Roberto C. Sanchez of the Los Angeles Police Department. EOW May 3.
Officer Scott M. Hewell of the Stockton Police Department. EOW June 11.
Officer Jordan J. Corder of the Covina Police Department. EOW September 30.
Deputy Danny P. Oliver of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. EOW October 24.
Detective Michael D. Davis Jr. of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. EOW October 24.
Deputy Yevhen “Eugene” Kostiuchenko of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. EOW October 28.
Officer Shaun R. Diamond of the Pomona Police Department. EOW October 29.
In addition to the officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2014, the Foundation will be enrolling lawmen who died in years past – some over 100 years ago.
Officer Arthur W. Moyle of the South San Francsico Police Department. EOW May 4, 1953.
Officer Clarence A. Bower of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. EOW December 5, 1944.
Officer Robert B. Ross of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. EOW September 24, 1921.
Officer Frank Toal of the Vallejo Police Department. EOW September 2, 1896.
Deputy George W. Gillis of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. EOW January 12, 1881.
The events surrounding the memorial ceremony will include a survivor’s reception on Sunday afternoon, followed by a dinner that evening, and a candlelight vigil to be held at the Memorial Monument for Fallen Peace Officers on the grounds of the State Capitol.
On Monday, a Law Enforcement Memorial Caravan will leave the grounds of the CHP Academy in West Sacramento, and proceed across the Sacramento River to the Capitol and the monument. A private ceremony will be held in the Senate chambers for the honored families, accompanied by their agency escort officers, and state representatives. The event concludes with an enrollment ceremony at the Memorial Monument, which will include a 21 gun salute, taps, and retiring of the colors.
The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor California’s peace officers who gave their lives ‘In The Line of Duty’ serving the citizens of this great state, and provide support to the family members left behind. The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremonies have been conducted in the State Capitol since 1977. The Memorial Monument was unveiled in 1988 after a 10-year effort to erect a permanent tribute.
Vic Riesau was a retired LA County Sheriff’s division chief who started a new career as an artist and sculptor. The bronze monument he created depicts a 1880’s era sheriff, a 1930’s era state trooper, and a 1980’s era patrolman. A sculpture of a woman with a child, bearing a folded flag, and a planter with bronze plaques bearing the names of fallen officers completes the memorial.
Governor George Deukmejian in dedicating the memorial in 1988 said “We pledge our best efforts to stand behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The job of a peace officer is perhaps the most difficult and challenging one of all in our society. We are very thankful to those who are willing to risk injury and even death in order to provide greater protection and safety for all of us.”