Five Fallen Officers Honored During California Peace Officers' Memorial Day

May 02, 2016

 Five Fallen Officers Honored during California’s Peace Officers’

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