Families of fallen California law enforcement officers were honored Friday during a Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento, hosted by Donate Life California, the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation and the California Highway Patrol.
The families were presented with certificates and roses in honor of their loved ones’ service and sacrifice, and were invited to write dedications that will be placed with roses on the Donate Life Float in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade® held in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
“This ceremony recognizes the tremendous role law enforcement officers have in our communities – not just in their protection of our lives and property, but through organ, eye and tissue donation as well,” said Charlene Zettel, Donate Life California CEO. “All officers who have dedicated their lives to ensure our safety are heroes for their service and sacrifice. Many also become donor heroes when they become organ, eye and tissue donors.”
CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was killed in the line of duty in September 2012. He saved four lives as an organ donor and healed dozens more through his gifts of tissue. Continue reading
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