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Fallen officers honored at annual event
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A riderless horse is led past the fallen officers’ memorial. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER / The Courier

A large contingency of law enforcement officers from throughout Stanislaus County paused Wednesday to remember all the many officers who have been killed in the line of duty in 2010, as well as countywide since 1935.

Retired Stanislaus County judge Don Shaver was the keynote speaker at the annual Peace Officers Memorial held at Lakewood Memorial Park near Hughson.

The ceremony paid homage to the 11 peace officers who died in the line of duty in California during 2010. The May 4 ceremony also remembered the 14 officers who died as a result of on-duty mishaps in Stanislaus County since 1935. Turlock Police Department suffered both the first and greatest single loss of officers – five in total, three of which were from a Nov. 1, 1949 crash.