'Safe In His Arms' Beaumont Police, RivCo Sheriff's Dept Honor Fallen

BEAUMONT, CA — Law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout Riverside County will be honored later this month in a ceremony that’s expected to draw representatives from local, state and federal agencies, with an open invitation to the public to attend.

The 40th Riverside County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony is slated for 8 a.m. on May 20 adjacent to the Safe In His Arms statute that fronts the Riverside Police Department’s Orange Street station downtown.

The remembrance will begin with a two-mile “pride” run involving current and former peace officers, who will take a slow jog through the downtown area before returning to the statue, where multiple speakers are slated to deliver remarks, with a keynote address by Beaumont police Chief Sean Thuilliez.

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Others slated to be on hand include Sheriff Chad Bianco, District Attorney Mike Hestrin, several members of the county Board of Supervisors and Riverside City Council members.

According to the Riverside County Law Enforcement Memorial Committee, the fallen listed on the memorial include:

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“This event will include a tribute to all 74 (of the county’s) fallen officers, deputies and agents, a flag folding and gun salute ceremony, and a multi-agency helicopter fly-over,” according to an RPD statement.

Three names recently added to the ‘Safe In His Arms’ memorial will be unveiled, among which are 32-year-old sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Albert Cordero, who was gunned down by a convicted felon during a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley on Dec. 29.

The shooter was later killed by a phalanx of deputies, who pursued him into Norco that same afternoon.

The name of 30-year-old Deputy Darnell Calhoun, who was fatally shot while responding to a family disturbance in Lake Elsinore only two weeks after Cordero’s slaying, is expected to be added later this year. Calhoun’s alleged killer is awaiting trial.

The other two lawmen whose names will be unveiled with Cordero’s did not die in shootings.

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