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Purple Heart appears at officers’ altar

Posted: Monday, Mar 4th, 2013


A Purple Heart medal, around the neck of a stuffed bear, was left anonymously at the altar for two Santa Cruz Police officers who were shot and killed Feb. 26. (Contributed photo)


SANTA CRUZ — A highly valued Purple Heart medal appeared at the altar for the two fallen detectives in front of the Santa Cruz Police Department last week. Deputy Chief Steve Clark said the department was “very moved” by the action.

Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed while investigating a sex crime in Santa Cruz. Jeremy Goulet, who allegedly ambushed the pair, was shot and killed by police 30 minutes later.

“On Thursday we discovered a very touching and honoring gift left at the memorial for our officers,” Clark said. Pinned to a small teddy bear was an actual Purple Heart medal. The medal was left by a soldier who earned it while risking their life and being wounded in battle defending our freedom.”

Clark described the move as “no small gift.”

“The immense sacrifice of this unidentified soldier is represented in this medal they earned,” Clark said. “The heroism and courage brought forth to earn this medal is deeply understood by the members of our police department. The words escape us to adequately describe how honored we are that you would choose these officers to offer this gift. We retrieved the medal and will store it safe for our officers’ families.”



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