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January 22, 2013
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Thousands pay tribute to fallen Calif. officer

The community and fellow officers remembered him as a proud, committed protector

By PoliceOne Staff

GALT, Calif. — Thousands of members of the Sacramento community gathered Monday to pay respects to a Galt officer who was killed in the line of duty last week.

Kevin Tonn’s K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Yaro, sat close by throughout the ceremony and burial, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Tonn’s younger cousin, Jarrett Tonn, also a Galt officer, said the turnout at the funeral reflected the standing and respect the fallen officer had in the community.   

“I think it speaks to who Kevin was and what he's done with his life," he said.

Tonn, 35, was fatally shot last Tuesday morning after responding to a reported burglary in. The suspected shooter, Humphrey Gascon, 30, then turned the gun on himself.

The chief who hired Tonn, now-retired Loren Cattolico, said Tonn turned down the opportunity to work in larger, better-paid departments, because he wanted to be in Galt, a force of fewer than 40 members, according to the article.

"He served this community with honesty, integrity and unwavering commitment," Cattolico said.

"It is sad, and it is awful, but it is not a tragedy," Jarett said. "Giving one's life to protect others is never a tragedy.

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