Five Fallen Officers Honored During California Peace Officers' Memorial Day
Memorial Day –May 2nd 2016
Senator Galgiani’s SCR 132 honors those who gave their lives to protect others
SACRAMENTO—Law enforcement officers from throughout California converge at the State Capitol today to honor
officers who made “the ultimate sacrifice” in the line of duty. Senator Cathleen Galgiani served as the legislative
sponsor of this year’s event that included the recognition of five officers who lost their lives in 2015.
Galgiani’s Senate Concurrent Resolution 132 declares today, Monday, May 2, 2016 to be California Peace Officers’
Memorial Day and asks all Californians to honor and respect the amazing sacrifice that all peace officers give in
defense of their communities. This year, the Legislature and the Governor recognized five officers who have lost their
lives in the past year: Officer Michael J. Johnson of the San Jose Police Department, End Of Watch March 24, 2015;
Officer David J. Nelson of the Bakersfield Police Department, End Of Watch June 26, 2015; Sergeant Scott P. Lunder
of the Hayward Police Department, End Of Watch July 22, 2015; Officer Bryce E. Hanes of the San Bernardino Police Department, End Of Watch November 5, 2015; and Officer William H. Waggoner of the Long Beach Police Department,
End Of Watch December 18, 1954.
“It is my solemn honor to be the legislative sponsor for Senate Concurrent Resolution 132,” said Galgiani. “Our peace
officers are mentors in our schools and familiar faces in our neighborhoods, and in times of crisis, they are the first to
respond in the face of tragedy. They are mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons who have dedicated their lives to
public service, working every day to build a brighter future for their families and their communities.”
The Peace Officer Memorial, located on the western end of the capitol grounds was the site of a formal ceremony that
enrolled the officer’s names into the permanent bronze monument.
“This memorial affords us an opportunity to remember those individuals who gave their lives for our safety and express
our gratitude to those who continue to dedicate themselves to making California a safer place to live and raise our
families,” concluded Galgiani
For more information on the Peace Officers’ Memorial, please visit the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation at www.camemorial.org.