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Fallen law officers remembered

Law enforcement, family, Madera South High School’s Campus Choir and others gathered midday Tuesday at Courthouse Park for a solemn memorial in honor of Madera County peace officers who fell in the line of duty.

“As most of you know, it’s a pretty difficult time to be involved in any type of emergency services, particularly with law enforcement, we just appreciate your support … both spoken and unspoken,” said Sheriff Jay Varney, master of ceremonies for the short observance.

California lost eight peace officers in 2015, including five police officers, a deputy sheriff, and two K9 dogs.

Central California Women’s Facility and Valley State Prison’s honor guard posted the colors. The MSHS choir presented two songs, and Assistant Chief Gerald King of the Department of Corrections sang the national anthem. Police Chief Steve Frazier led an invocation. District Attorney David Linn recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Retired Battalion Chief Rick Hood of Cal Fire performed a bagpipe solo...

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