35th Annual Riverside County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony & Run

Published: 05/20/2018



May 20, 2018



Officer Ryan J. Railsback

Riverside Police Department

Community Services Bureau

(951) 373-6032

[email protected]


35th Annual Riverside County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony & run


Riverside, CA – On Monday, May 21, 2018, Riverside County law enforcement agencies and surviving family members will remember those peace officers who have died in the line of duty at a solemn ceremony. It will take place in front of the “Safe in His Arms” memorial statue, at 4102 Orange Street in Riverside, beginning promptly at 6:15 p.m.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony and participate in the moderate run/jog which will begin prior at 5:45 p.m., at the corner of Orange Street and 12th Street.  Registration is NOT required for the run and is open to everyone of all ages and abilities.


The ceremony, steeped with police service traditions, will recognize those who died in service prior to 2018.  Fortunately, Riverside County did not see the tragedy of a Fallen Officer this past year, but the memory of losing Jose “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny of the Palm Springs Police Department in 2016 still rests in the forefront of all our hearts.


Senior law enforcement officials taking part include:  Master of Ceremonies - Chief Jeff Wade of the Blythe Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner Stan Sniff, Cathedral City Police Chief Travis Walker, Corona Police Interim Chief James Patton, Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes, Beaumont Police Chief Sean Thuilliez, and many other agency leaders, and city and county government officials from all over Riverside County.


The “Safe in His Arms” memorial statue displays the names of twenty-one Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies, sixteen Riverside Police Officers, nine California Highway Patrol Officers, eight United States Border Patrol Agents,  four Palm Springs Police Officers, two Cathedral City Police Officers, and one each from the Corona Police Department, California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Union Pacific Railroad Police Department and the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation-Norco.


Join us as we honor those who have laid down their lives for the community members of Riverside County, and to support the families and friends they left behind.


There will be free parking available in the parking structures located at 3535 12th Street and 4080 Lemon Street. 



Orange Street between 10th and 12th Streets will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There will be no parking on Orange Street between 10th & 12th Streets, and on 12th Street between Orange and Lemon Streets from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Proper signs will be posted in the affected areas.


Riverside County Peace Officer Roll of Honor


Year      Officer                                           Agency                            

1895     Frank Hamilton                             Riverside County Sheriff

1907     Preston Swanguen                        Riverside Constable for Temecula

1912     John Baird                                     Riverside Police Department                    

1912     Del Macintyre                               Riverside Police Department                    

1913     Grant Alexander                           Corona Police Department                    

1921     Henry F. Nelson                             Riverside County Sheriff               

1921     Theodore Crossley                        Riverside County Sheriff               

1925     Ross Gardner                                 United States Border Patrol

1938     Clinton Burtner                             Riverside Police Department                    

1940     Edward Bertino                             Riverside Police Department                    

1944     Arthur Simpson                             Riverside Police Department                    

1947     Anthony Oneto                             United States Border Patrol

1954     Frank Epperson                             California Highway Patrol

1956     Raymond Geiger                           California Highway Patrol                

1956     Howard R. Scheffler                      Riverside County Sheriff  

1961     Gale G. Eldridge                            Palm Springs Police Department      

1961     Roger A. Strong                             Riverside County Sheriff               

1962     Lyle W. Larrabee                           Palm Springs Police Department      

1967     Theodore Newton Jr.                    United States Border Patrol    

1967     George F. Azrak                             United States Border Patrol

1969     William J. Rutledge                       Riverside County Sheriff               

1969     William F. Carter                          Riverside County Sheriff               

1969     Ambers Shewmaker                     California Highway Patrol

1971     Richard Morello                            Calif. Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement

1971     Leonard Christiansen                    Riverside Police Department                    

1971     Paul Teel                                        Riverside Police Department

1973     William Prettyman                       Riverside Police Department                    

1974     Larry Walters                                Riverside Police Department

1974     Edward Schrader                          Riverside County Sheriff  

1977     Edward A. Parker                          California Highway Patrol

1980     James B. Evans Sr.                         Riverside County Sheriff               

1980     Dirk A. Leonardson                       Riverside County Sheriff

1982     Phillip Trust                                   Riverside Police Department      

1982     Dennis Doty                                  Riverside Police Department      

1987     Michael Brandt                             California Highway Patrol

1987     Mark Taylor                                   California Highway Patrol

1988     Michael D. Davis                           Riverside County Sheriff  

1988     David Vasquez                               Cathedral City Police Department         

1989     Randy R. Lutz                                Riverside County Sheriff  

1993     Gary Cavender                              Riverside Police Department                    

1993     Kent Hintergardt                           Riverside County Sheriff               

1994     Mark Kemp                                   Riverside County Sheriff

1996     Aurelio Valencia                           United States Border Patrol

1997     Michael P. Haugen                       Riverside County Sheriff               

1997     James Lehmann Jr.                        Riverside County Sheriff  

1997     Saul Martinez                                California Highway Patrol

1997     Daniel Muehlhausen                    California Highway Patrol

1998     Claire Connelly                              Riverside Police Department      

1999     Eric Thach                                      Riverside County Sheriff               

2001     Charles D. Jacobs III                      Riverside Police Department      

2003     Bruce Lee                                       Riverside County Sheriff               

2003     Brent Jenkins                                 Riverside County Sheriff

2003     Shannon Distel                              California Highway Patrol

2007     Richard Goldstein                         United States Border Patrol

2007     Manuel Villegas                            Riverside County Sheriff

2008     Aaron Garcia                                 Union Pacific Railroad Police Department

2009     Nathaniel A. Afolayan                  United States Border Patrol

2009     Trena McLaughlin                         United States Border Patrol

2010     Ryan Bonaminio                           Riverside Police Department

2011     Jermaine Gibson                           Cathedral City Police Department

2013     Michael Crain                                Riverside Police Department

2013     Gilbert Cortez                               Calif. Department of Corrections & Rehab.

2016     Jose “Gil” Vega                              Palm Springs Police Department

2016     Lesley Zerebny                              Palm Springs Police Department