Sacto 9-1-1
September 16, 2013
Dunnigan I-5 rest area to be dedicated for fallen deputy

A rest area along Interstate 5 will be dedicated on Friday in memory of Yolo County Deputy Tony Diaz, who was shot and killed on duty about five years ago.

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, and Sheriff Ed G. Prieto will dedicate the I-5 rest area between County Road 6 and County Line Road in Dunnigan in honor of Diaz at 10 a.m. Friday.

Diaz was shot near the rest area in June 2008 after a high-speed pursuit of a suspected drunk driver, who was fleeing with a child in his vehicle. The driver, Marco Topete, was convicted of Diaz's murder in 2011.

Two signs, paid for through private donations, will read: "Deputy Tony Diaz, Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Memorial Rest Area," according to a press release.

Diaz, raised in Dixon, joined the department in 2004. He is remembered by his peers as a gentle man and a hard worker.

"Tony is in our thoughts daily," said Prieto. "Now the motoring public and citizens of the Dunnigan area will have a memorial to remind them of the sacrifice that Tony gave while doing something he loved -- protecting our community."

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