LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Tuesday (Feb. 26) erected a temporary memorial at the corner of 30th Street West and Avenue K to honor two fallen officers – Deputy Sheriff Gregory L. Low and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles Plumleigh.
“It’s just a way of continuing on their memory,” said Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. “At the same time, for the families, it actually helps soothe some of the mourning process. The families say they really appreciate us continuing on the memories of their loved ones.”
Thirty-six years ago on Feb. 26, Low and Plumleigh were on their way to a burglary-in-progress call, when their patrol car collided with a second patrol car at 30th Street West and Avenue K in Lancaster.
Low, 30, died on the day of the accident, and Plumleigh, 21, died a few days later.
For the past few years, the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station has marked the Feb. 26 anniversary with a memorial at the crash site. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at least two deputies would be standing watch for a daylong tribute at the memorial site, Ruiz said.
Around 2 p.m., drivers passing by were honking their horns in support while some passengers waved at the officers.
“We also believe it brings awareness to the community,” Ruiz said. “It’s a reminder of how dangerous our jobs are and how willing we are to serve the community.”