Today 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 in the state. 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.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (October 22, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $330,620 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The funding will be used as part of the county’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
Sheriff’s Special Officer Juan Villegas (SSO), a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, has written a book entitled “Life Has Values” in the hopes of impacting youth in the Latino community.
STANTON, Calif. – (October 15, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 14, 2014 at approximately 11:35 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the La Pico Market located at 10480 Beach Boulevard in the city of Stanton. The suspect brandished a knife and threatened both the store employee and customers. The loss was an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and a bottle of alcohol.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (October 12, 2014) – On Sunday, October 12, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Thomas Glenn, 23, Laguna Niguel (transient), in connection with a physical assault of a real estate agent yesterday. Glenn was arrested by deputies in the area of Crown Valley Parkway and Niguel Road as he walked out of a nearby park.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 14, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating possible next-of-kin for an unidentified male found on May 29, 2014 in the city of Santa Ana.
At the time of death, the deceased used the name Lam Pham with a date of birth of March 10, 1963. He is an Asian male with a thin build, approximately 51 years of age, 5’ 8”, 99 lbs. with short black hair and brown eyes. It’s believed that he lived a transient lifestyle since 1996. An actual photo can be viewed on OCSD.org under Coroner and Unidentified Dead.
Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact the Coroner Division at (714) 647-7411 and reference case #14-02935-BA.
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