Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Peace Officer Memorial Day Observance, May 21
Three U.S. Border Patrol agents who died serving Riverside County
to be added to monument during ceremony in Riverside on Monday, May 21

Riverside, Ca- Riverside County law enforcement agencies and surviving family members will remember those peace officers who have died in the line of duty at a solemn ceremony at the “Safe In His Arms” memorial statue, at 4102 Orange St., in Riverside, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The ceremony, steeped in police service traditions, recognizes those who died in service prior to 2007. Names to be added to the memorial monument this year are of three U.S. Border Patrol agents who died in separate incidents many years apart, but which were only recently confirmed by the multi-agency memorial committee.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ross Gardner died in a traffic collision in Sedco Hills, a small community adjacent to Lake Elsinore, on October 28, 1925. Agent Anthony Oneto was shot to death in the City of Indio on March 11, 1947; and Agent Aurelio Valencia, assigned to Blythe, died in a traffic collision near the Riverside-Imperial County line, on January 26, 1996.

Senior law enforcement officials taking part in the ceremony include Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco, Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach, Palm Springs Police Chief Gary Jeandron, Corona Police Chief Richard Gonzales, Hemet Police Chief Richard Dana, Riverside County Assistant Sheriff Mike Andrews and U.S. Border Patrol Agent-in-Charge Richard Salinetti.

The names of the three agents will join those of two other USBP agents already listed on the monument, which also honors 17 fallen Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies, 14 Riverside Police officers, nine California Highway Patrol officers, two Palm Springs Police officers and one each from the Cathedral City Police Department, the Corona Police Department and the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (see attached complete listing).

Riverside County Peace Officer Roll of Honor

Year Officer Agency
1912 John Baird Riverside Police Department
1912 Del Macintyre Riverside Police Department
1913 Grant Alexander Corona Police Department
1921 Henry F. Nelson Riverside County Sheriff
1921 Theodore Crossley Riverside County Sheriff
1925 Ross Gardner United States Border Patrol *
1938 Clinton Burtner Riverside Police Department
1940 Edward Bertino Riverside Police Department
1944 Arthur Simpson Riverside Police Department
1947 Anthony Oneto United States Border Patrol *
1954 Frank Epperson California Highway Patrol
1956 Raymond Geiger California Highway Patrol
1956 Howard R. Sheffler Riverside County Sheriff
1961 Gale G. Eldridge Palm Springs Police Department
1961 Roger A. Strong Riverside County Sheriff
1962 Lyle W. Larrabee Palm Springs Police Department
1967 Theodore Newton Jr. United States Border Patrol
1967 George F. Azrak United States Border Patrol
1969 William J. Rutledge Riverside County Sheriff
1969 William F. Carter Riverside County Sheriff
1969 Ambers Shewmaker California Highway Patrol
1971 Richard Morello Calif. Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement
1971 Leonard Christiansen Riverside Police Department
1971 Paul Teel Riverside Police Department
1973 William Prettyman Riverside Police Department
1974 Larry Walters Riverside Police Department
1974 Edward Schrader Riverside County Sheriff
1977 Edward A. Parker California Highway Patrol
1980 James B. Evans Sr. Riverside County Sheriff
1980 Dirk A. Leonardson Riverside County Sheriff
1982 Phillip Trust Riverside Police Department
1982 Dennis Doty Riverside Police Department
1987 Michael Brandt California Highway Patrol
1987 Mark Taylor California Highway Patrol
1988 Michael D. Davis Riverside County Sheriff
1988 David Vasquez Cathedral City Police Department
1989 Randy R. Lutz Riverside County Sheriff
1993 Gary Cavander Riverside Police Department
1993 Kent R. Hintergardt Riverside County Sheriff
1996 Aurelio Valencia United States Border Patrol *
1997 Michael P. Haugen Riverside County Sheriff
1997 James Lehmann Jr. Riverside County Sheriff
1997 Saul Martinez California Highway Patrol
1997 Daniel Muehlhausen California Highway Patrol
1998 Claire Connelly Riverside Police Department
1999 Eric Thach Riverside County Sheriff
2001 Charles D. Jacobs III Riverside Police Department
2003 Bruce Lee Riverside County Sheriff
2003 Brent Jenkins Riverside County Sheriff
2003 Shannon Distel California Highway Patrol