An altar in front of the Santa Cruz Police Department continues to grow Monday. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)
SANTA CRUZ — On Wednesday between 3 and 8 p.m. a public casket viewing walkthrough for fallen Santa Cruz Police Sgt. Butch Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler will take place at Santa Cruz Memorial, 1927 Ocean St.
“With this viewing we have added to the opportunities for the local community to join with us and honor Sergeant Butch Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler,” said Deputy Chief Steve Clark.
The public viewing opportunity has been made possible through the contribution of the Krassow family and Santa Cruz Memorial.
“Randy Krassow’s contributions have been invaluable to our officers and families,” Clark said. “He has organized donations and provided logistic support in the tens of thousands of dollars toward this cause. We are forever grateful of their care for us during this time.”
Sgt. Baker and Detective Butler were gunned down while following up on a sex crime in Santa Cruz. Jeremy Goulet allegedly ambushed the pair and shot and killed them at his doorstep. Goulet then engaged in a gun battle with police 30 minutes later and was shot to death.
On Thursday a memorial will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. A police procession from Santa Cruz to the HP Pavilion will run at 8:45 a.m. from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to San Jose.
Traffic in Santa Cruz will be impacted as rolling road closures occur along the procession route. Additionally, traffic will not be allowed to pass the procession either on city streets or highways.
The procession will include vehicles from Santa Cruz County Criminal Justice Agencies, Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Responders.
The California Highway Patrol is organizing the procession logistics. The route is as follows:
• Third Street to Riverside Avenue
• Riverside Avenue north to San Lorenzo Blvd
• San Lorenzo Blvd to Ocean Street north
• Ocean Street north to Highway 17
• Highway 17 to Highway 85 south
• Highway 85 to Highway 87 north
• Highway 87 to Julian Street west
• Julian Street to Autumn Street south
• Autumn St to HP Pavilion entrance
Parking will not be allowed on Ocean Street prior to and during the procession.
Additionally, the City of Santa Cruz will close its doors this Thursday to honor the fallen officers. City offices will reopen for normal hours on Friday.
The Regional 9-1-1 Center will remain open and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department will cover the city’s regular patrols, with Scott's Valley, Aptos and Central Fire Departments responding to all calls for service in Santa Cruz.
The entire Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments will take part in the memorial precession and service at the San Jose HP Pavilion.
The City and Police Officers Association have established a fund for the families of Baker and Butler. Donations can be given at the city’s website at www.cityofsantacruz.com.
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