Wearing the badge is never routine. The profession we have chosen is one that accepts the risks of facing the unknown.
It is this brotherhood that binds us together and we must be reminded that evil will always be overpowered by good, good which is embodied by the men and women of law enforcement who work as a team every day to ensure justice is served.
Every May, we travel to Sacramento to honor those California peace officers killed in the line of duty. Seeing the names of so many of our brothers and sisters who laid down their lives protecting complete strangers is a humbling experience. These are men and women who we sat next to in the academy, drank cups of coffee with and shared the highs and the lows of the job and our lives.
As we mourn the loss of these dedicated public servants, we know we must also remain vigilant. Working with the community allows us to be effective, and that partnership is not one that can be maintained with our guns constantly drawn. It is a perpetual balancing act to be on guard without appearing threatening.
We all deserve to go home at night.
The AOCDS Memorial Fund is an officially recognized IRS 501(c)(3) tax deductible charitable organization that directly assists the surviving families of our fallen Orange County deputy sheriffs who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It also allows us to assist our active and retired deputy sheriffs and D.A. investigators during catastrophic situations, accidents, illnesses and other times of need. In addition, the fund provides annual college scholarships to selected children of our members.
Donations made to our Memorial Fund helped a deputy retrofit his home to allow him to care for his 17-year-old son who was badly injured in a car accident, assisted the family of another young deputy battling cystic fibrosis, a disease that would eventually take his life, and provided food and lodging for family members keeping vigil by the hospital bed of a Medal of Courage recipient who collapsed during SWAT tryouts.
The annual AOCDS Memorial Golf Tournament and former Guns and Hoses motorcycle ride have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit our deputies in need. AOCDS is honored and proud to provide for our own.
To make an online donation to the AOCDS Memorial Fund through Paypal, click on the "Donate to the AOCDS Memorial Fund" button. You can also call AOCDS at 714-285-2800 and make a contribution over the phone.