OCSD

By now, you should have received your OCERS Board of Retirement Safety Member election ballot in the mail. AOCDS 1st Vice President Roger Hilton is the incumbent and is being challenged by an OC firefighter, so it is crucial that you vote for Roger Hilton and return your postage-paid ballot as soon as you receive it.

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will not issue another extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing the dual-agency approach to search and rescue missions in remote areas with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA).

You are invited to A Celebration of Life service in remembrance of Deputy Ronald Howard Dunlap. Deputy Dunlap passed away peacefully earlier this month after a five-month battle with an extremely vicious form of bile duct cancer. Please join his wife, Ellen, and adult daughter, Erin, as the family celebrates Ron’s 65 years of joy, honor and strength.

A wake for Sergeant Ronald Pfeifer (Ret.) has been scheduled for Monday, October 23rd at the Pfeiffer family home in Needles, California. Ron retired from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 2001 after 25 years of service. He completed his OCSD career as a sergeant in the city of Stanton. Ron passed away unexpectedly on August 31st at the age of 69.

It is with deep and profound sadness that I inform you that recently retired Sergeant Steve Torres, 54, a beloved member of AOCDS and OCSD, passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon. Steve and his wife, Jeanette, are close personal friends of mine and my family. Steve retired a little over a year ago after nearly 31 years of service with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The AOCDS Board and Political Action Committee (PAC) met after the live broadcast of the AOCDS Sheriff’s Candidate Forum. Both candidates, Undersheriff Don Barnes and Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington, were interviewed by a panel of four and invited to share additional comments from a questionnaire they submitted.

Today, Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), Chairman of the Assembly Insurance Committee, introduced AB 1749, a bill AOCDS is proudly sponsoring. AB 1749 would clarify 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.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) are collaborating on a major donation to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in Houston, Texas. Thanks to donor Paul Musco of SKITS, LLC in Santa Ana, the two agencies were able to fill a 26-foot box truck with public safety equipment and emergency supplies to be delivered directly to the HCSO.

“We are sickened and brokenhearted over the unnecessary tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas overnight. As we mourn the loss of the 59 victims and pray for the recovery of the hundreds injured in the mass shooting, we find a ray of light in the humanity we’re seeing in the aftermath of the massacre.

Several Orange County sheriff’s deputies were honored Friday with awards for their courage in 2017, including some who helped victims and were wounded during the deadly Las Vegas shooting in October.

The Medal of Valor ceremony was held at the Hotel Irvine where 27 deputies were honored, 14 of whom got the Medal for Lifesaving and six who received the Medal of Merit.