LANCASTER – More than 150 deputies took a break at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Thursday afternoon for a feast in remembrance of deputies killed in the line of the duty.
“This barbecue is held every year as a symbol of remembrance for our fallen brothers and sisters. It’s a way for people to remember and share in some camaraderie,” said Captain Pat Nelson of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“This is the day that we remember our fallen heroes,” added Sgt. Theresa Dawson.
The annual Fallen Heroes Barbecue is held in May to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Month, Nelson said. The meal, which included barbecued meats, salad, fruits, and pastries, was provided by the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters.
“It costs thousands of dollars to feed 200 people, but we’re glad to do it,” said AV Sheriff’s Boosters President Marvin Crist.
The Fallen Heroes Barbecue was held in honor of the seven peace officers killed locally while in the line of duty: Herbert E. Glidden, Gregory L. Low, Charles Plumleigh, Rosemary I. May, Richard B. Hammack, Stephen D. Sorensen, and Pierre W. Bain.
In 1920, Constable Herbert E. Glidden was shot dead by bandits after he jumped onto the running board of their vehicle in an attempt to stop them from driving away. In 1978, Deputy Gregory Low was killed in a traffic accident while responding to a call with his partner, Reserve Deputy Charles Plumleigh. Low died at the scene. In 1978, Reserve Deputy Charles Plumleigh was killed in a traffic accident while responding to a call with his partner, Deputy Gregory Low. Plumleigh died two days after the accident. In 1989, Deputy Rosemary Iris May was killed in a traffic accident while responding to a call in the Lancaster area. May was a veteran with 21 years and 11 months of service.
In 1992, Deputy Richard B. Hammack was shot to death while serving a narcotics search warrant at a trailer park in Palmdale. In 2003, Deputy Stephen D. Sorensen was shot to death by a deranged gunman while conducting a follow-up investigation regarding a trespassing problem. In 2006, Motorcycle Traffic Deputy Pierre W. Bain was killed when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle as he was attempting to apprehend a speeder.
“It’s important that we remember the individuals that have given the ultimate sacrifice,” Crist said. “It’s also important for our current sheriff’s deputies and detectives to perform their jobs knowing that if something was to happen to them, we are going to remember them also.”