For Immediate Release
This press release includes audio
PR #:1400036
Date Issued:Apr 28, 2014 - 2:08pm

17th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony to be held this Thursday in Carson City

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517


 The following information is being shared in partnership with the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Commission:

EVENT: 17th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 12:00 pm

LOCATION: Nevada Capitol Grounds between the Capitol Building and Legislative Building

MEDIA CONTACT: Frank Adams, Memorial Historian; 702-379-6591 –

 In conjunction with National Police Week, the 17th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. on the Capitol grounds in Carson City.

The service will honor the 126 Nevada Peace Officers that have been killed in the line of duty. In 1998, the memorial was dedicated on the Capitol grounds to recognize the ultimate sacrifice these officers made in service of their communities.

The first officer killed in the line of duty was Carson County Nevada Territory Sheriff John L. Blackburn who was killed in 1861 while making an arrest. The last officer killed in the line of duty was Officer David Vanbuskirk of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department who died of injuries sustained while conducting a search and rescue mission on Mt. Charleston in Southern Nevada in August of 2013.

The service will begin with the presentation of colors by the combined Nevada Law Enforcement Honor Guard and the delivery of a runner’s baton. The baton is being relayed by peace officers from Las Vegas to Carson City. The Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Run starts April 24, 2014 and one leg of the run is completed in the memory of each officer listed on the memorial.

This year, three officers will be honored at the memorial service. They are:

Officer David Vanbuskirk (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police) fell to his death from a helicopter while participating in a search and rescue mission for a stranded hiker on Mt. Charleston in Clark County. He fell while being hoisted into the helicopter. He died at the scene. End of Watch: 7/23/ 2013

Watchman John Montague (Southern Pacific Railroad Police) was on patrol at the rail yards in Reno Nevada when he was struck from behind by a switch engine. He was transported to the hospital and died the next day. End of Watch: 01/05/1905

Watchman Jose Sancebo (Southern Pacific Railroad Police) was patrolling the rail road yards in Palisades Nevada when he was attacked and shot four times. He was transported to the hospital but died several hours later. End of Watch: 08/11/1937.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.


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