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EPD Police Chief Reflects on Memorial

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FORT BRAGG, Calif. — A group of Eugene Police Officers attended the memorial service Wednesday for the California sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty last week. The deputy was allegedly shot by a Eugene man.

Chief Pete Kerns said ten people with the Eugene Police Department drove down to Fort Bragg, California Wednesday to honor Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino. He said they joined more than a thousand others who gathered to celebrate the deputy’s life.

The memorial started at 10:00 a.m. and lasted for about an hour and a half, but Chief Kerns said there was a lengthy police procession beforehand. He said there were police officers from all over California, and some from other states.

Chief Kerns said loved ones got up to speak and share memories of a man they loved.

“It sounds likes he was an extraordinarily kind and giving guy,” said Chief Kerns. “He was fun to be with and he did quite a bit for the community. They talked about the work he did with the Police Activity League and serving meals at a food kitchen.”

Chief Kerns say the Mendocino County Sheriff asked him and members of the Eugene Honor Guard to attend the memorial. He says the two law enforcement agencies developed a relationship with each other because of Ricardo Chaney’s alleged crime spree last week, which started in Eugene, and ended in Fort Bragg, California, where he allegedly got in a shootout with police that ended in Deputy Del Fiorentino’s death, and his own.

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