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Deputies join memorial trip

Officers ride in caravan to commemorate those who have died in line of duty

Posted: May 7, 2009 7:41 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Representatives of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station joined law-enforcement officers from across the state to converge on Sacramento for the 2009 California Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony today, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Capt. Anthony La Berge, Lt. Brenda Cambra, nine Sheriff’s Station deputies and former Sheriff’s Station Capt. Patty Minutello rode along with caravan of law enforcement officers up Interstate 5 to the event, which commemorates peace officers lost in the line of duty in 2008, Sgt. Darren Harris said.

“Anytime we lose an officer or a deputy in the line of duty, it’s a tragedy,” he said. “Attending this year’s event is more personal because we lost Randy (Hamson).”

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Deputy Randy Hamson died in October after a 2004 traffic collision left him on life support for four years.

Hamson was investigating a traffic collision along a poorly-lit stretch of Sierra Highway on Aug. 16, 2004. Hamson used his flashlight to get the attention of a motorist driving without headlights, Lt Brenda Cambra said. As Hamson waved his flashlight at the car, another vehicle struck him, she said. He suffered head injuries as a result of the collision, Cambra added.

La Berge, Cambra, Minutello and the nine deputies will accompany the Hamson family to the event, Harris said. “It’s one way to show our support for our fallen comrade,” Harris said.



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