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 reminds us that evil will always be overpowered by good, good which is embodied by the men and women of law enforcement who come together 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 losses of these dedicated public servants, 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. The AOCDS Memorial Fund has collected more than $1 million in donations since 2005, allowing us to assist our active and retired Orange County deputy sheriffs, their families and the loved ones of other fallen heroes during times of need as well as providing students with scholarships to help make college a reality.
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 provide 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 Guns and Hoses motorcycle ride have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit our deputies in need. AOCDS is humbled and proud to provide for our own.
To make a donation to the AOCDS Memorial Fund, you can donate online by using clicking the donate button and donating through PayPal. You can also call AOCDS at 714-285-2800 and make a contribution over the phone.