Sacto 9-1-1
May 3, 2013
Events scheduled to honor California's fallen peace officers

Community members and law enforcement leaders from across the state will gather at the California Peace Officers Memorial Monument during two events to honor officers lost in the line of duty.

At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a candlelight vigil will be held at the monument at 10th Street and Capitol Mall.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, a dedication ceremony will be held at the monument. Two officers who died in 2012 will be honored: Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Robert Lee Paris Jr. and California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.

Ten officers who died in previous years also will be enshrined in the memorial, including former Placer County Sheriff William Elam, who died Oct. 1, 1951.

Youngstrom will be honored again Tuesday when the CHP holds its own remembrance ceremony at its academy in West Sacramento, 3500 Reed Avenue. The ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. A memorial there holds names of 223 CHP officers killed in the line of duty through 2012.

A candlelight vigil will be held May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor 321 peace officers from across the nation who have died. That week is designated as National Police Week.

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