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Let Us Not Forget

From 1920 to 2006, Antelope Valley / Lancaster Station lost seven brave men and women in the line of duty.  They gave their lives in the service of Los Angeles County and our Community.  This is our family...

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
- President Theodore Roosevelt - April 23, 1910

Portrait of BainDeputy Pierre Bain - Unit 111M4
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: March 23, 2006

"Blessed is he that readeth, and
they that hear the words of this prophecy,
and keep those things which are
written therein: for the time is at hand"

                 - Revelations 1:3

Incident Details

Deputy Pierre Bain was killed in a motorcycle accident when he was attempting to pull over a speeding motorist.  He was following a speeding car at approximately 1730 hours, westbound Avenue K at 20th Street. As he entered the intersection on a green light, a vehicle turning from eastbound Avenue K to northbound 20th Street West turned in front of him. Deputy Bain swerved to avoid the car, but the car bumper just clipped the motorcycle, causing it to crash. The motorcycle hit a curb and Deputy Bain suffered massive injuries when he was thrown off the bike and against a tree. He was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Pierre was never at a loss for words or a joke. He was so well liked and respected by our community that the motorists he stopped and cited thanked him for doing his job. He had a heart and a laugh as big as the Antelope Valley and it showed.

Keep the rubber on the road and your gas on, Pierre. Life at Lancaster Station won't be the same without you.

Deputy Bain is survived by his wife Diana and three daughters by a previous marriage.

Portrait of SorensenDeputy Stephen Sorensen - Unit 114B
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: August 2, 2003

Incident Details

On the afternoon of August 2, Deputy Sorensen, assigned as a Resident Deputy in the unincorporated area East of the City of Palmdale, responded to a trespassing call near the community of Llano. A short time later, a citizen reported hearing several gun shots in the same area. Responding deputies located Sorensen’s radio car, but did not immediately locate him. A search of the area was initiated and Sorensen’s body with a fatal gunshot wound to the upper torso was located several hundred yards away from his radio car. Prior to the confrontation that took his life, Sorensen did radio in a description and license number of a vehicle at the scene of the trespassing call. The vehicle was registered to Donald Charles Kueck, 52, who had a lengthy criminal record, including arrests for resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer.

The vehicle described by Sorensen was found 2 1/2 miles from the crime scene and a massive manhunt was initiated in an attempt to locate Kueck, the registered owner of the vehicle. On Sunday, the day following the slaying of Deputy Sorensen, more than 100 investigators and volunteers using helicopters, horses and dogs searched a 15 square mile area for clues. Although Kueck was not located, investigators did find chemicals consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine in the area.

On August 8th., Kueck was located at his residence, where he engaged deputies in a fire fight. Tear gas was fired into the house, setting the house on fire and it burned to the ground. A burned corpse located in the ashes was later identified as the remains of Kueck. Prior to the fire fight, Kueck admitted in a phone call to investigators that he had shot and killed Deputy Sorensen.

Deputy Sorensen, a 12 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department had previously been employed by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and had worked in a number of assignments within the Sheriff’s Department before being assigned as a Resident Deputy.

Deputy Sorensen was remembered by more than one member of the community he served; on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as a dedicated, involved member of the community, always involved in school and sports activities. A member of the local school district board described him as “the backbone of the community, always doing what was right”.

Captain Carl Deeley, Deputy Sorensen’s Station Commander had high praise for “A man and his family who lived the job 24 hours a day, in a remote and dangerous area, dealing with a variety of people. He was like the original beat cop and everybody knew him”.

On August 7th, Memorial Services for Deputy Stephen D. Sorensen were conducted at the Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster. Members of the Sorensen family, community leaders and fellow deputies were joined by over 3,000 mourners representing a myriad of jurisdictions paying their final respects.

Deputy Sorensen is survived by his wife Christine and 5 year old son.

Portrait of HammackDeputy Richard Hammack
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Monday, May 11, 1992

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, May 11, 1992
Weapon Used: .22 calibre rifle 
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Hammack was shot and killed while serving a high risk drug warrant in the city of Palmdale. He was struck in the neck, face, and upper body by rifle fire as he ran to assist two other deputies who had been fired upon.

Portrait of MayDeputy Sheriff Rosemary Iris May
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 26, 1989

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Tuesday, September 26, 1989
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Deputy May was killed in an automobile accident in Lancaster when another driver ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed and struck her unmarked Department vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle pled guilty to one count of manslaughter and sentenced to one year in jail.

Deputy May had been with the department for 21 years.

Portrait of LowDeputy Sheriff Gregory L. Low
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Sunday, February 26, 1978

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, February 26, 1978

Deputy Low and Reserve Deputy Charles Plumleigh were killed in an automobile accident. The two deputies were responding to a burglary in progress call when their patrol car collided with a second patrol car.

Deputy Low had been with the Department for just under 9 years.

Portrait of PlumleighReserve Deputy Sheriff Charles Plumleigh
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 1, 1978

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, February 26, 1978

Reserve Deputy Plumleigh and Deputy Gregory Low were killed in an automobile accident. The two deputies were responding to a burglary in progress call when their patrol car collided with a second patrol car.

Reserve Deputy Plumleigh died three days later from his injuries.

Portrait of GliddenConstable Gordon H. Glidden
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, November 9, 1920

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, November 9, 1920
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Constable Glidden was shot and killed by an auto thief. The suspect stole a car in San Francisco and drove it to Lancaster. The suspect painted the car a different color and attached stolen plates. Constable Glidden and other deputies stopped the suspect and started to question him.

The suspect panicked and got into the stolen car and started to drive away. Constable Glidden jumped on the running board as the car drove away and drew his service revolver. A curtain in the car prevented Constable Glidden from seeing the suspect draw a weapon. The suspect fired his weapon striking Constable Glidden causing him to fall from the moving car. Constable Glidden died at the scene from his injuries.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department started a large manhunt for the suspect that included teams of deputies on horseback and airplanes. The suspect was shot and killed in a gun battle.