Memorial pays tribute to fallen Yolo County officers
Law-enforcement dignitaries from Yolo County and beyond will gather in front of the historic Woodland courthouse Saturday for the unveiling and dedication of the Yolo County Fallen Officer Memorial.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. outside the main entrance of the courthouse, 725 Court St.
Inspired by the Yolo County Retired Peace Officers Association, the memorial pays tribute to the 11 Yolo County law-enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty between 1912 and 2008. The association fundraised for more than five years to cover the memorial’s $21,000 cost.
Honorees include Davis Police Officer Douglas Cantrill, Winters City Marshal William P. Rice, Deputy Sheriffs Walter J. Leinberger and Jose Antonio “Tony” Diaz, Woodland Police Officer Laurence Sills, West Sacramento Police Officer James McKnight, and California Highway Patrolmen Ivan Casselman, Roy Blecher, William Freeman, Gary Wagers and Andy Stevens.
Only two Yolo County law-enforcement agencies — the UC Davis Police Department and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office — have not lost any officers, the Retired Peace Officers Association noted.
Retired Yolo County District Attorney David Henderson and current District Attorney Jeff Reisig will serve as guest speaker and keynote speaker, respectively, for the event.