One of our members has experienced the tragic loss of both his sister-in-law and niece in a multi-vehicle accident on the Garden Grove (22) Freeway. Deputy Anthony Alvarez and his family are mourning the loss of 33-year-old Jolene Castillo and her nine-year-old daughter, Payton Castillo. Jolene’s young son survived the crash and was not hurt but he and his older brother are now left without a mother and sister.
We regret to inform you that Deputy Terrence (Terry) M. Lundy (ret.) has passed away. Deputy Lundy joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department nearly 50 years ago in 1969. He worked South Patrol, Special Operations, Transportation and finally Harbor Patrol.
This is a tragic day, one that has become far too common. A gunman opened fire last night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. The shooter killed 12 people, including Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Helus was a 29-year law enforcement veteran, who was set to retire soon. Helus entered that bar with the intention of saving lives and sadly lost his own life in doing so. He is a true hero and will always be remembered as such.
The AOCDS Pipe Band has been incredibly busy performing at all kinds of events. The band is currently looking for new members to help them accommodate all the requests. Do you have what it takes? Watch our recruitment video at https://www.facebook.com/AOCDS/videos/1964894493553769/ for what you need to know… and be sure to share it with all your law enforcement and civilian acquaintances.
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1749 into law. AB 1749 clarifies that fully sworn peace officers can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits if, while in the midst of pursuit, apprehension, protection or preservation of life or property within or out of the state, the officer suffers injury, disability or death. This is a bill AOCDS proudly sponsors and has been fighting for in the legislature since the Las Vegas mass shooting nearly one year ago.
We are saddened to tell you that one of our own and his family are going through a very difficult time right now. Sixteen-year-old Timothy Schwitters, son of OCSD Sergeant Shawn Schwitters and his wife Michelle, was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma last December.
We are extremely proud to let you know that the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs has its very own pipe band and is currently recruiting new members. Are you an experienced bagpiper looking to be part of a team and take on a fun, exciting and rewarding new hobby? The AOCDS Pipe Band would love to speak with you!
Today, we are grieving the tragic loss of Captain David Rosa, a 17-year veteran with the Long Beach Fire Department. He and other firefighters responding to an early morning report of an explosion and smell of gas at a Long Beach senior housing facility were fired upon soon after they arrived on scene.
Matt Gabrino ran the full 160 miles across the state, starting at the Fallen Heroes Monument in Oakland County and working his way west, ending Thursday at the Protectors Monument in front of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office in West Olive.
We have been working tirelessly for many months to bring you a new website that is among the best in the law enforcement field. We are very excited to announce that it is completed and has been officially launched.