Slain Santa Cruz Police Officersby Representative Sam Farr
Posted on 2013-02-28
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I had planned to be on the floor this morning
to talk about the 52nd Anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corp.
However, something very unpeaceful happen in my district in Santa Cruz, CA recently that I need to speak about instead--Tuesday afternoon, two police officers were shot and killed, and a suspect was later killed by police.
When other officers arrived at the scene, they found the two detectives, Sgt. Loran ``Butch'' Baker, a 28-year veteran, and detective Elizabeth Butler, a 10-year veteran, shot and killed outside a residence.
Sgt. Baker and Detective Butler are the first officers to be killed in the line of duty in the city's history.
Sgt. Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son, who is a community service officer with the Santa Cruz Police Department.
Detective Butler leaves behind her partner and two young sons.
This is a horrible tragedy, and I join with all residents of the Central Coast, to mourn this loss and to pay our respects to these two outstanding officers.
Our prayers and sympathies are with the families and loved ones of the officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
While the words of comfort we offer today are sincere, our actions and deeds will be the true test of our resolve. If we are truly committed to ending gun violence in our communities, we must be willing to find real solutions to prevent this type of senseless shooting from occurring again.
We owe that much to the brave men and women who put on a police uniform every day.
We must be willing to protect those who so bravely protect us.
As a community, we promise that the sacrifices of Sgt. Baker and Detective Butler will not be forgotten.