Honoring Slain Police Officer Kevin Tonnby Representative Jerry McNerney
Posted on 2013-01-23
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Mr. McNERNEY. Mr. Speaker, it is with great sadness that I make this
statement today to recognize the life and service of police officer
Kevin Tonn. Officer Tonn served in the Galt police department for three
years, protecting a community in California that I am honored to
represent. Tragically, Officer Tonn was killed in the line of duty this
past week while pursuing a criminal suspect.
Officer Tonn was the example of a model citizen. As a teenager who grew up in Roseville, California, he joined the Roseville Police Explorers; after he graduated high school, he joined the U.S. Army as a military police officer. Officer Tonn also served as a firefighter in New York before returning to California to join the Sacramento Sherriff's Academy. In 2009, he was sworn into the Galt police force as a K-9 officer. Kevin Tonn's character and selfless commitment to his fellow citizens is evidenced by his years of service, working in multiple capacities and uniforms.
Anyone who encountered Officer Tonn was impressed by his integrity, his ability to use humor to diffuse difficult situations, and his dedication to serving the community, especially our younger citizens. The Galt community was fortunate to have such a dedicated individual, and his memory will live on. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but my thoughts and prayers are with his family and the community at this difficult time, as I know the Nation has lost a true American hero.