OCSD Newsroom Headlines

November 19, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.

On the night of November 19, 1940, Deputies Ezra Stanley and Carl Pryor were patrolling Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when their car was struck from behind by a drunk driver. The car skidded as the gas tank caught fire. Deputy Stanley was unconscious and wedged tightly in the car. Deputy Pryor's attempted to free Deputy Stanley, but his efforts were in vain.

October 24, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Mark Tonkin

News ImageToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Mark Tonkin.

Deputy Tonkin joined the department on August 21, 1981. He was initially assigned to the Main Jail and worked a short time as a court bailiff before going to North Patrol. In January of 1988 Deputy Tonkin was assigned to the Career Criminal Apprehension Team.

On October 24, 1988 Deputy Tonkin, an eight year veteran of the Sheriff-Coroner Department, lost his life in a helicopter crash while assigned to DESERT RANGER, a multi-agency cooperative narcotic enforcement program. Mark was one of eight victims aboard a California National Guard UH1H Huey Helicopter which went down and burned in mountainous terrain near El Centro, California.

Deputy Tonkin was survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and parents, James and Gloria Tonkin.

September 22, 2015 
Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Sergeant Matthew R. Davis

News ImageSergeant Matthew R. Davis joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1986. After graduating Sheriff’s Basic Academy, he worked in the Theo Lacy Branch Jail for two years and then was promoted to Deputy II and transferred to the South Operations Division. After a few years of working in the Major Accident Reconstruction Team he was selected a Motor Officer in Mission Viejo and 1999 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, 2002 tragedy struck the family of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. While on duty in the City of Mission Viejo, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision on his motorcycle after a vehicle making a left hand turn pulled into his lane. Sergeant Davis fought vigilantly for two days, and despite heroic medical efforts, succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.

Sergeant Davis will always be remembered not only as a friend, but also as a hero. He maintained a friendly, professional and business like demeanor as he dealt with his co-workers and members of the community he served.

Sergeant Davis is survived by his wife and three children.

September 16, 2015 
National Child Passenger Safety Week

News ImageDid you know that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13? Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented through the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seatbelts. September 13 through September 19, 2015 is Child Passenger Safety Week. During this week, take time to make sure you have your child in the appropriate seat and are using it properly. See the below video for more information about how to keep your child safe while driving.

September 15, 2015 
Reserve Deputy Don Hanson Receives Search and Rescue Award

News ImageWe are very proud of retired Reserve Deputy Don Hanson who received the distinguished 2015 Larry Peabody Memorial Search and Rescue Award this weekend in Pioneer, California. The award is given out each year to only one person in the State Search & Rescue Community. Sheriff Ingrid Braun of Mono County; Deputy Chief Matthew Scharper, the California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) State Search and Rescue Coordinator; and Bev Peabody, the widow of Larry Peabody, presented the award. Congratulations Reserve Deputy Hanson!

September 14, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested on Sex Charges, Investigators Seeking Additional Victims

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Unit investigators arrested Mark Falkowski, 28, Long Beach, on sex charges related to inappropriate electronic communication with a female juvenile. Beginning in early 2014, Falkowski is believed to have engaged in the exchange of inappropriate e-mails and conversation via Skype with the victim.

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