Annual Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony Will Be Virtual Tribute

Shasta County’s annual peace officer memorial ceremony, which would take place this Thursday, has been canceled due to Coronavirus concerns. In a normal year, there would be a memorial run, a ceremony on the courthouse steps and a luncheon. Instead, a tribute will be posted on the Shasta County Peace Officer Memorial Coalition Facebook page, and the Sundial Bridge will be bathed in blue light. There are sixteen members of Shasta County law enforcement who have died in the line of duty since 1885. The last fallen officer in the county was Deputy Ken Perrigo, murdered in 1991 by two men he was transporting to jail from Burney for public intoxication. They were caught in Fall River Mills after an intense manhunt. In 2012 a bridge in Burney was dedicated to Deputy Perrigo. Also that year the Highway 44 bridge over Bear Creek was dedicated to Deputy Dennis “Skip” Sullivan, who crashed and died while en route to an emergency call in Inwood in 1987. In 2014 the North Market Street Bridge was named for Redding Police Officer Owen “Ted” Lyon, who was killed in 1967 by a domestic violence suspect on Gilbert Street. Highway 273 south of Redding is the George Redding Memorial Highway. He was a CHP Officer accidentally killed in 1977 when he responded to a crash. National Police Week runs through Saturday.