MADERA – On Tuesday, law enforcement agencies from around Madera County gathered to remember fallen officers in Madera County as well as to honor the memories of all of the law enforcement members who died in the line of duty in 2019 in California.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony — the 13th annual — was a bit different, with social distancing being practiced by all in attendance and media participation limited to just a single “pool” reporter and photographer.
The solemn tribute took place at Courthouse Park, across from the old Madera Superior Court.
Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney and Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno co-hosted the event, which included representatives from the California Highway Patrol Offices in Madera and Oakhurst, Madera County Probation and the California Department of Corrections, Madera and Chowchilla Police departments, U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The ceremony, which included some brief remarks, was highlighted by the laying of a wreath and a reading of the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the citizens of Madera County.