SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Flags at the state Capitol were at half staff on Monday as Californians honored the loss of a Los Angeles Police officer over the weekend.
Officer Roberto Sanchez is the third Los Angeles officer to be killed in a collision in recent months.
Hundreds of officers from across the state converged on Sacramento at the California Peace Officers’ Memorial to remember their own in an annual event that reminds them of the dangers.
“Especially with all the officers being killed it’s been difficult for all of us,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Lotis.
Sanchez, 32, was killed in an accident where his vehicle was T-boned by a driver. His partner was critically injured in the weekend accident.
“His family is our family,” said LAPD Capt. Gerald Woodyard. “It’s been that way before but even more so now.”
The memorial gives officers a chance to offer emotional support to each other, and the fallen officers’ families.
“We know what it is to put our life on the line for others and our communities, so we need to be there to support of law enforcement brothers and sisters,” said Irvine Police officer Gavin Hudson.
Obviously this touches more than just the law enforcement family, but friends as well. John Grubensky was a friend of mine with the Oakland Police Department. He was killed in the Oakland Hills Fire.
More than 1,500 officers have died since the first officer to lose his life in the 1800s.