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 “Sworn to Serve & Protect:  Honoring our Wounded & Fallen Officers”

District Attorney Jan Scully presented the 14th Annual Public Safety and Community Appreciation Breakfast, “A Celebration of Public Safety & the Communities They Serve” held May 10, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. 

Honorees who attended included the family members of fallen Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn and Sacramento County Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum and wounded Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputies George Eichman , Steve Fonbuena, Eric Henrikson, Scott Oden as well as wounded Sacramento Police Canine Officer Bodie. 

Peter Dannenfelser II, Sacramento Rotary President honored SSD Deputy Cindy Yeafoli with “Service Above Self Award For Outstanding Community Service by a Public Safety Professional.”    SSD Deputy Cindy Yeafoli received this award for her volunteer service in the community as a Law Enforcement Chaplain, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento, in addition to being a full-time SSD Deputy.  

Congratulations, Deputy Cindy Yeafoli!  Your service to our community is greatly appreciated. 

District Attorney Jan Scully wished to honor wounded-in-the-line-of-duty Sacramento Police Canine Officer Bodie who humbly accepted applause from the audience, standing proudly as he was honoring the memory of his partner, fallen Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn. 

Guest speaker Bobby E. Smith, Ph.D., Former Louisiana State Trooper, eloquently spoke to the audience and the Law Enforcement Officers present who suffer injuries, both physically and emotionally inflicted upon them in the line of duty.  In 1986, as a Louisiana State Trooper, Smith was shot in the face and blinded in the line of duty. He realized there was a need for law enforcement officers to have assistance as they deal with post trauma. 

One of the main themes Bobby focused upon this day, was the courage and determination needed for those who suffer post trauma to find what Bobby described as “a glimmer of a light” in the rage of the storm, and as the darkness of ominous clouds hover over, the darkness cannot be the focus – “it’s the light one must seek” as Bobby explained his mother taught him as a 5 year old boy.

DA Scully was joined by partners:  Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers, Jr., the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy and other colleagues in pubic safety and fire protection in organizing this event. 

A Thank You to all who serve our community!  

Lisa O'Hara, Contributor News10 My Neighborhood
Staff Photographer, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento