CARLSBAD–Over 200 officers representing local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies from throughout San Diego County gathered in Carlsbad Saturday morning to participate in the 22nd annual Peace Officers Memorial Run honoring peace officers who have died in the line of duty.
The 2.5-mile run, sponsored by the Carlsbad Police Department, was held in conjunction with California Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and National Peace Officers’ Week.
The run kicked off at Cannon Park at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Cannon Road. Participants ran in groups as a symbol of unity, and carried both the American and Peace Officers’ Memorial flags.
In 2012, 120 peace officers died in the line of duty nationally including three in California. In 2012 the peace officers lost in California were:
· April 12, 2012 – Deputy Robert Lee Paris, Jr., Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
· August 20, 2012 – K9 Morgan, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office
· Sept. 5, 2012- Officer Keynon Marc Youngstrom, California Highway Patrol
So far in 2013, eight officers have died in the line of duty in California. Sadly, in the line of duty deaths has increased significantly. Those officers are:
· Jan. 15, 2013 – Officer Kevin Tonn, Galt Police Department
· Feb. 3, 2013 – Officer Keith Lawrence, University of Southern California Department of Public Safety
· Feb. 7, 2013 – Officer Michael Crain, Riverside Police Department
· Feb. 12, 2013 – Detective Jeremiah MacKay, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
· Feb. 26, 2013 – Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker, Santa Cruz Police Department
· Feb. 26, 2013 – Detective Elizabeth Butler, Santa Cruz Police Department
· March 25, 2013 – K9 Mattie – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
· March 25, 2013 – Sergeant Gilbert Cortez, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation