Eight Fallen Officers Honored during California’s Peace Officers’ Memorial Day –May 7th 2018

May 07, 2018

Eight Fallen Officers Honored during California’s Peace Officers’ Memorial Day –May 7th 2018

SACRAMENTO—Law enforcement officers from across California converged 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 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Galgiani’s Senate Concurrent Resolution 134 declares today, Monday, May 7, 2018 to be California Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and asks all Californians to honor and respect the amazing sacrifice that all peace officers make in defense of their communities. This year, the Legislature and the Governor recognized six officers who lost their lives in the past year and two additional offices that were killed in prior years, but had not yet been recognized:

  • Officer Keith W. Boyer, Whittier Police Department, End of Watch: February 20, 2017.
  • Officer Lucas F. Chellew, California Highway Patrol South Sacramento Area, End of Watch: February 22, 2017.
  • Deputy Sheriff Jason A. Garner, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, End of Watch: May 13, 2017.
  • Deputy Sheriff Robert P. Rumfelt, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, End of Watch: August 22, 2017.
  • Deputy Sheriff Robert A. French, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, End of Watch: August 30, 2017.
  • Officer Andrew J. Camilleri, Sr., California Highway Patrol Hayward Area, End of Watch: December 24, 2017
  • Officer Murray F. Olsen, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, End of Watch: March 9, 1975.
  • Officer Louis Allinson, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, End of Watch: March 27, 1915.

“It is my solemn honor to be the legislative sponsor for Senate Concurrent Resolution 134,” said Galgiani. “Our law enforcement officers have extraordinarily tough jobs. They regularly work in increasingly dangerous, high risk environments and in difficult high-tension situations.”

The Peace Officers Memorial, located on the western end of the capitol grounds, is the site of the formal ceremony.  Names of fallen officers are added to the permanent bronze monument.

For more information on the Peace Officers Memorial, please visit the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation at   www.camemorial.org.