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Service planned to pay homage to fallen peace officers


Last updated 12/13/2018 at 11:51pm

Riverside County public safety officials will honor their fallen brothers and sisters during a “Blue Light” ceremony next month in downtown Riverside.

Riverside Police Department and sheriff’s personnel will host the service Dec. 17, in the county Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St., beginning at 6 p.m.

“The ‘Blue Light’ ceremony honors all peace officers in Riverside County who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” according to an RPD statement. “It is a time to celebrate the lives of the 64 officers (countywide) who were taken from us (over the last century), and a time to show support for the families they left behind.

“The blue light is symbolic of our remembrance of those officers who died, but also honors the officers who continue to work today,” the agency said.

Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz, Sheriff-elect Chad Bianco, District Attorney Mike Hestrin, Supervisor John Tavaglione and members of the Riverside City Council, as well as police chiefs from several western county municipalities, are slated to be on hand.

Only Diaz is scheduled to speak.

Police spokesman officer Ryan Railsback said that the service will be “family friendly,” and anyone is welcome to attend.

A Blue Light ceremony is traditionally also held in the Coachella Valley every December, but no details were available yet.

The ceremonies began nationwide in the 1980s under the direction of the nonprofit Concerns of Police Survivors, which conceived them as a way to remember, in the spirit of the holiday season, law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


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