Sacto 9-1-1
May 2, 2013
Community pays tribute to Sacramento County fallen officers

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More than 100 law enforcement officers, their relatives and community members gathered Thursday afternoon to honor Sacramento County's fallen peace officers.

The annual ceremony was held at the Sacramento Police and Sheriff's Memorial in Woodlake Park. Enshrined there are the names of 31 police officers, sheriff's deputies and a district attorney's investigator who died in the line of duty.

The last local officers added to the memorial were Sacramento County sheriff's deputies Paul DeRouen and Larry Canfield. DeRouen died in March 2008 as the result of injuries sustained on duty 22 years earlier; Canfield died in an on-duty motorcycle collision that November.

Galt police K9 Officer Kevin Tonn, who was killed by a gunman in January, will be added to the memorial next year.

Local leaders hailed the courage and sacrifice of the fallen officers and their living brethren who came to pay their respects.

"They put themselves in harm's way so we can enjoy peace," said District Attorney Jan Scully.

Next week is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, and events will honor fallen officers from across California and the nation.

PHOTO: Members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, left, and Sacramento Police Department stand beside a wreath during the annual remembrance ceremony at the Sacramento Police and Sheriff's Memorial in Woodlake Park in Sacramento on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee

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