Local officers honor the fallen

officers2By Jennifer Hansen, Mono County Sheriff Public Information Officer

Every May 15, in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, law enforcement agencies nationwide join hands to honor those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the line of duty. On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. Since the first known in line of duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

officers1Former President George Bush said, “It takes a special kind of person to serve in law enforcement. Most people run from danger. Law enforcement officers run towards it.”
The Mono County Sheriff’s Department hosted the first memorial ceremony, on the lawn in front of the Bridgeport courthouse, to honor the fallen law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the Eastern Sierra. “We are here today to honor those brave men and women who went to work one day and never returned home,” said Sheriff Richard C. Scholl to start the ceremony.

“Unlike most other careers, the brave men and women who embark upon a life in law officers3enforcement know fully that they might one day be called upon to lay down their lives in the call of duty.

Deputies and police officers representing Mono County Sheriff’s Department; Inyo County Sheriff’s Department; Mammoth Lakes Police Department; Bishop Police Department; California Highway Patrol; California Department of Fish and Game; Mountain Warfare Training Center Police Department; and Mono County Paramedics stood together to honor all the lives lost in the Eastern Sierra. A moment of silence was given to those fallen Eastern Sierra officers: Sheriff N.F. Scott (1862, MCSO); Sheriff Thomas Passmore (1878, ICSO); Sheriff William Moore (1879, ICSO); Deputy William Edwards (1907, MCSO); Constable Walter Reed (1912, ICSO); Sheriff James Dolan (1915; MCSO); Deputy Lemoyne Hazard (1925, ICSO); Inspector James Randolph Jr. (1979, ICSO); Police Officer Richard Perkins (2001, Bishop PD); and Officer Paul Pino (2003, CHP).

“As we leave here today, have in your thoughts the men and women who go to work each day as the protectors of society never knowing if that day may be their last,” stated Sheriff Richard C. Scholl as the ceremony concluded and the wreath was laid to honor those law enforcement officers of the Eastern Sierra who have the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the line of duty.


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41 Responses to Local officers honor the fallen

  1. Mono County DSA May 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    On behalf of the Mono County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, I would like to thank all of the participating agencies, officers, and guests that attended yesterday’s memorial recognition. I would also like to recognize and thank each member of the Mono County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, whose contribution by all of the members made the presentation of the memorial wreath possible.

    We are fortunate that in One Hundred Fifty years of “In the Line of Duty” service in the Eastern Sierra, we have not experienced the line of duty deaths that other areas have experienced. Yet, one officer is too many. We are reminded of that by the more recent tragedies of the past 11 years and that it can and does happen “here.”

    Thank you for keeping not only our local officers and their families, past and present, in your thoughts and prayers, as well as those across this nation as they perform the duties asked of them by our society.

    We hope and pray for the safety of all the officers that serve the citizens of our communities, as well as for the safety of those that they serve.

    Thank you,
    Sgt. Phil West, President
    Mono County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

  2. Rob May 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Sgt. Phil West, is it true a Mono County deputy pulled his gun on a store clerk when they refused to sell him booze?

    • Say What? May 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      Speak up Sgt. West. You were asked a legitimate question. Sheriff Scholl??? LT. WEBER ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      Their silence pretty much confirms things.

      • Rob May 19, 2012 at 6:33 am #

        The fact is Phil won’t even touch the question with a ten foot pole, clearly showing something is up in Mono County. Just what we need another public servant who won’t answer questions.

        Phil’s lack of comment also shows who he’s loyal too.

        He would have been wise to never put himself in a position where he might be asked questions in a public forum he doesn’t want to answer.

        How’s that foot taste in your mouth Phil?

        • Heather May 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

          Wow – the old saying is right! No good deed goes unpunished, or in this case, no thank you letter goes unaccosted! I don’t think its fair to ask Phil that question – one because it has nothing to do with the topic, second because you are demanding him to talk about an issue that could potentially – because he could not possible satisfy anyone with any answer – jeopardize his career and family, and lastly because he may not have any info. Instead of asking Sgt. West, perhaps you should ask the Sheriff to explain the situation, or any of the folks who were there (Bridgeport neighbors…) I’m certainly not saying that it didn’t happen…just that maybe we shouldn’t throw the sergeant out with the bath water!

  3. cat May 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I would like to take a moment to remember the woman who was shot dead by a Mono County Deputy years back.

    • Benett Kessler May 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      What woman when?

      • cat May 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

        The robbery at a local store in Mammoth. The deputy rushed in and shotgunned her in the chest because her clothing matched the suspect description. I can not remember if it was before MLPD existed. Ask the old timers, they will know.

        • Big AL May 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

          Some miserable people out there ..one incident like this overshadows all the good.

      • History May 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

        Robbery of Safeway in Mammoth, late 60s or early 70s.

        • Benett Kessler May 17, 2012 at 8:44 am #

          Thanks, History. We see it was reported in the Reno Gazette that an armed robbery was in progress, hostage, 19 year-old female employee, taken. Hostage shot and killed. All we know for sure is it was reported March 10, 1975 and the Mono Sheriff’s Office was in charge at the time. I see on another post it was reported a deputy shot the hostage. The Reno Gazette report did not say that. Anyone else have more info?

          • History May 17, 2012 at 9:59 am #

            The hostage was tied up in the bathroom stall when she was shot by the deputy.

          • Frank May 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

            History has it right. It was Kathy Delhay, a Safeway employee. Kathy lived across the street from me. We went to school together. She was taken hostage, tied up, then abandoned in a bathroom. A Sheriffs Deputy searching for the robbers, who are said to have holed up in an attic space, kicked in the door to the bathroom. His shotgun discharged, striking Kathy in the chest. I believe the robbers were arrested without further casualties. It was very sad.

        • Big AL May 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

          So it sounds more like the shot gun discharged by mistake, rather than all of the rumors that have been portrayed, of a gun happy deputy?

          • cat May 20, 2012 at 11:13 am #

            Yeah Big Al you got this one right. I love how ignorant people are. None of us know what happend for sure. Yet someone posts something on a blog and we have it all figured out!!

            Sheep fill these blogs.

            Bozo is one of them!

          • sierragrl May 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

            Uh, Cat, it sounds like Frank knows what he’s talking about, a heck of a lot more then you do. Sounds like he was being PC when saying ‘his gun discharged’…..I certainly wouldn’t expect criminal charges against the officer, but I could see termination. I wonder who it was and what happened to him. To think Ms. Delhay was almost forgotten. LEO need to be appreciated but we shouldn’t sweep things like this under the rug either.

  4. cat May 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Also, is Jennifer Hanson a paid employee of Sierra Wave??? She writes more pieces than many of the other employees

    • Benett Kessler May 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      At the risk of sounding corny, I will say, cat, how terribly catty of you! Darling, you must realize I write most of the news.
      Public Information Officers graciously provide some stories and press releases which we post on the website. Clear now?
      Benett Kessler

      • cat May 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

        I am being “catty”, sorry! I tend not to like the self promoting stories that the SO puts out. I do understand Law Enforcement, but have never understood the we put it all on the line sob story. Yes the job is dangerous. There are plenty of dangerous jobs done by plenty of people. It just seems that at every corner Law Enforcement is just plain old over dramatic. People die, it is that simple.

        • Konzo May 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

          You are not a cat, but I believe you are a sheep.

          If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath–a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens?

          Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path.
          The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

          Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”

          Until the wolf shows up.

          Please read the entire article at http://www.killology.com/sheep_dog.htm. Hopefully you can gain a better understanding of the people who have chosen law enforcement as a career. It is not a job, it is a way of life.

          • Rob May 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

            Konzo – I like it, but where does Little Bo Peep fit in?

          • Tourbillon May 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

            An utterly false choice, between being a nice productive sheep requiring a sheepdog and a sociopathic wolf. There are plenty of nice productive types who definitely are not sheep, nor wolves, by your juvenile definition. To use your little metaphor, think about retired military – “sheepdogs” in your world – who are now productive citizens. They are hardly sheep and most definitely do not require “sheepdogs writing tickets and telling them where to go”. Suggest getting over yourself, Officer Konzo.

          • Konzo May 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

            Rob, Little Bo Peep lost her sheep when she ran from the wolf.

            Tourbillon, you are absolutely correct. Our military, active and retired, are the sheepdogs of the world. I apologize for not specifically stating that in my original post.

            I’m sure the retired sheepdog sure appreciates having the local sheepdog watch the sheep. Just as I am sure the local sheepdog knows the retired one will come to his/her aid when necessary.

      • Friar Tuck May 17, 2012 at 7:22 am #

        MEOWWW, “Darling”

        ;)Cat sleight?

  5. mammoth lakes CERT-PIO May 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    As the Mammoth Lakes CERT PIO I frequently send out Press Releases and Public Service Announcements that Sierra Wave broadcasts as a community service, we appreciate KSRW providing this service. Jennifer Hansen, Mono Sheriffs PIO, provides accurate information on local issues dispelling rumors that run rampant in our area. Please learn to appreciate accurate information from reliable sources and KSRW for broadcasting this information.

    • Inyo May 17, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      Kinda like the Inyo DA only different!

  6. tm May 17, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Well, the rumor going around in 1975, was that there was a robbery in progress at Safeway. A deputy sherriff by the name of Stoneburner went into the employee’s bathroom, got all excited, and blew away the girl who was tied up in in the stall. The deputy quietly left town; end of story.

  7. Utopic dreams May 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    As the world becomes more and more overpopulated, seemingly coming apart at the seams,
    you want to be the guy than carry a gun.

  8. Numbers May 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    No MCSO employee has died on the job in 97 years! I have only good things to say about all my minimal dealings with law enforcement, definately a tough job, but statistically, could be one of the safest in these parts!

  9. Trouble May 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I love throwing stones, but I don’t think this article is the right place to do it.

    • Big AL May 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

      Amen Trouble

  10. Retired military May 18, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    To tourbillon! Are you saying your retired military? Based on your latest statement it sounds to me like you oppose authority and law and order! Which would mean you never served for your country! speak your own opinion regarding yourself not for the honorable veterans who defended it! While we were fighting and risking our lives overseas, law enforcement officers were here providing services to the communities that they served and the families waiting for our safe return!

    Tourbillon sounds like a hypocrite, he enjoys the freedom to say what he wants but does not respect those who provided it!

    • Tourbillon May 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      I am indeed retired military and proud of it, although not a member of the Tea Party.

      Those with whom I served could and often did vigorously disagree with each other without ever impugning each other’s service and sacrifice, and certainly without personally attacking a comrade-in-arms as a “hypocrite”. So I’ll accept your monniker, since unlike Just the Facts I do not wish to speak from ignorance, although I never encountered anyone with your attitude in all my years of service.

      And by the way Konzo, that was a graceful response. I stand by my original post about a false choice and I hope you can understand how someone who put their life on the line for liberty might bridle at the perception of a paternalistic tone back home, however unintended. Which does not mean I am ungrateful for your service. And you’re right, my loyalty always is with the law when it is enforced with the sense of modesty and respect that is appropriate in a republic.

  11. Just the facts May 18, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain( of anonymity), “Retired military.”

    He (Tourbillon) was just having one of his Tea-party moments.

  12. Just the facts May 18, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    “Tourbillon sounds like a hypocrite, he enjoys the freedom to say what he wants but does not respect those who provided it!”

    Yikes! Tourbillon is actually Rush Limbaugh!

  13. CL May 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Thank you brave men and women for all you do, and for saving as many lives as you can regardless of their position on law enforcement. 🙂

  14. tm May 19, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I liked the sheepdog metaphor, but the shepherds are directing the dogs to drive the sheep into smaller and smaller pens, and the bad dogs are not being removed.

    • cat May 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm #


      I am a cat not a dog or sheepdog or wolf. When did we get sheepdogs in the military? I’m confused!


      A person who go by “cat”

    • Konzo May 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      tm, I am in total agreement with you. I myself would expose the bad dogs given the chance and have them removed. The sheepdogs I have worked with personally are of the highest moral standard and would also expose the bad dogs. I would have it no other way. If you do not have the trust of the sheep you are there to protect, then you cannot be a sheepdog.

      As for the shepherds, times are a changing!

      And for cat, I just don’t think she understood the metaphor.

  15. cat May 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm #


    My post script is that I believe you sir, must have blown up rafts for your career in the military. That is based on the assupmtion you had enough time to visit “killology” at night from the security of some base in the rear.


    Cat (short for “Kitty”)

  16. cat May 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm #


    I almost forgot…

    …you sound alot like Jack Nickleson from that flick he made with Tom Cruz. Ya know the one I am talking about???


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