Garden Grove

31st annual salute to the “Fallen Five”

A RIDERLESS horse, with boots reversed in the stirrups, is a tradition in the annual Garden Grove Police Memorial, to be held this year on Thursday, May 17 (File photo).

The continuation of a solemn tradition will take place on Thursday, honoring the “fallen five” of the Garden Grove Police Department.

The GGPD’s 31stAnnual “Call to Duty” Police Memorial is set for 5-6 p.m. in front of the Garden Grove police building, 11301 Acacia Parkway. The annual service honors the five Garden Grove police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The memorial is open to the public.

For over three decades, the service brings together family, friends, and colleagues of Sgt. Myron L. Trapp, Officer Andy Reese, Officer Donald F. Reed, Officer Michael Rainford, and Master Officer Howard Dallies, Jr., as well as community organizations and the public, to pay tribute to the lives and sacrifices of these five fallen Garden Grove police officers.

This year, the program will feature guest speaker, Officer Shaun Sandoval from the San Bernardino Police Department.  Officer Sandoval was a first responder to the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.  He is also a former GGPD Explorer, Community Service Officer, and cadet.  The program will also include a helicopter fly-over.

The ceremony includes the ringing of the Memorial Bell, 21-gun salute, riderless horse, and formal presentations to the surviving families. The Bolsa Grande High School Concert Choir will perform musical selections in honor of the occasion.


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