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SCPD officers honored with memorial garden

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 26th, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of when Santa Cruz Police detective Elizabeth Butler and Sgt. Butch Baker were shot and killed while investigating a sex crime, officers trade out their former badges for new End of Watch badges during a dedication ceremony at a new memorial garden Wednesday. Officer Brian Warren is shown here. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — Under a veil of light rain, a special remembrance ceremony and dedication of a memorial garden took place at the Santa Cruz Police Department Wednesday, the year anniversary of when Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were killed while on duty.

Several hundred people, including family and friends of the victims, city and county officials, brass from numerous law and fire departments were present to hear words of praise for the fallen officers as well as words of thanks for the many that have come forward with support and comfort. The ceremony took place near the entrance to the police department where the new memorial garden now stands.

“That event marked the single darkest day in the history of the Santa Cruz Police Department,” Police Chief Kevin Vogel told the audience. “This is a very important day for us. The garden will give our community a beautiful, quiet and serene place for our community to reflect. It was built in the same place an impromptu memorial was created a year ago.”

For the complete article see the 02-27-2014 issue.

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