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Funeral procession held to honor deputy

Posted: November 28, 2011 9:38 a.m.
Updated: November 28, 2011 9:38 a.m.

Some Newhall residents witnessing an elaborate funeral procession this morning were worried a law enforcement officer had just been killed.

The procession at 8:30 a.m. - involving runners, marchers and a display of "colors" by both the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and the California Highway Patrol - was in honor of Deputy Randy Hamson, who died in the line of duty in the summer of 2004.

"I thought a CHP officer or deputy had died and I didn't hear about it," said Jan Hudson, who runs the Redline Gauge Works shop in Newhall.

The Monday morning procession, which Hudson described as "incredible," passed by her shop on Sierra Highway near Newhall Avenue as it made its way to Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary.

It was Aug. 16, 2004, when was hit by a car as he investigated a traffic collision on Sierra Highway.
After a long, hard-fought battle, he succumbed to his injuries on Oct. 24, 2008.

He had been with the local Sheriff's Station for just over five years.

Hamson is the third deputy to be killed in the line of duty in Santa Clarita Valley Station history, joining Deputy Arthur E. Pelino, who was shot and killed March 19, 1978, and Deputy Hagop "Jake" Kuredjian, shot and killed Aug. 31, 2001.





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