The wife of a Sheriff’s Sergeant killed in Wednesday night’s California bar massacre walked behind his hearse at the start of a huge memorial procession.
Sgt. Ron Helus’s wife Karen could be seen dressed in black behind a hearse carrying her husband’s coffin as it left the Los Robles Medical Center Thursday morning.
She was joined by the couple’s son Jordan and other deputies from Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, who formed a huge honor guard as the murdered officer’s remains were driven past.
Sgt. Ron Helus’ hearse is followd by his wife Karen, son Jordan and deputies from Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus as it departs the Los Robles Regional Medical Center (Picture: AP)
Law enforcement officers formed an honor guard to pay tribute to Helus, a law enforcement veteran of 29 years who had been planning to retire next year (Picture: EPA)
Helus’s hearse was escorted by a huge cavalcade of law enforcement officials as it made its way along Highway 101 in Newbury Park Thursday (Picture: AP)Sgt. Helus was one of 12 people killed by ex-Marine Ian Long, 28, at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday evening.
He was one of the first law enforcement officials to respond – and called his wife just before walking into the bar where he was shot dead.
Sheriff John Dean recounted what Helus had told his wife, telling the LA Times: ‘He said, “Hon, I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call.”‘
Law enforcement officers, firefighters and members of the public lined an overpass to salute Helus as the hearse carrying his body passed underneath (Picture: AP)
Two bystanders were overcome with emotion as the slain Sergeant’s body left hospital Thursday (Picture: AP)
Sgt. Helus was one of the first law enforcement officials to arrive at the scene of Wednesday’s mass-shooting (Picture: AP)After the massacre Long turned his gun on himself.
Cody Coffman, 22, Justin Meek, 23, and Alaina Housley have also been named as victims of the mass shooting.
A survivor is rushed to hospital from the scene of Wednesday night’s shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California (Picture: ABC7)
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