On Monday, May 6, 2013, hundreds of uniformed peace officers from around the nation gathered at the California State Capitol to honor those California peace officers who gave their lives protecting their communities in 2012. Two fallen heroes were honored for the 2012 year, Deputy Robert Lee Paris Jr. from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon M. Youngstrom heroically lost their lives serving our California communities. Ten additional fallen peace officers were inducted from past years between 1907 and 2011.
Through the generous support of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, the California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bugle Corps has represented the Sheriff’s Department for the past 14 years, performing echo taps for each of the ceremonies. This has been a prestigious honor for the Sheriff’s Department to play a part in honoring the fallen officers, their families, and their surviving partners and agencies.
In the United States, over 19,000 peace officers have been killed in the line of duty. Over 1,500 of those have fallen in the past ten years. In Orange County, 51 peace officers have been killed in the line of duty. The national peace officer memorial will be honoring 127 fallen officers from agencies nationwide on May 13, 2013 in Washington D.C. The Orange County Peace Officer Memorial will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Center in Tustin. Please join us in honoring those who sacrificed their all in protecting our communities.