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Sheriff’s office breaks ground on county law enforcement officer memorial

On Thursday, June 16 the El Paso County Sheriff’s Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial wall at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters.

The wall will honor fallen El Paso County law enforcement officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Sheriff Richard Wiles says the memorial will be a great asset to the community.

“This memorial is one that we think sends a good message to the community and to the members of law enforcement that we respect and appreciate everything that officers do for us,” Wiles said.

Families and friends of fallen officers were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. Among them, the family of Sergeant Ruben Orozco, killed 11 years ago.

“He died doing what he loved, aside from his family, his other love was the sheriff’s department,” a relative of Orozco said, “And we knew that because we were apart of that as well. So on behalf of our family we are very very humble and just happy we can be apart of this.”

The memorial will be located at the southwest corner of Sheriff’s Office Headquarters building near Justice and Montana.

The official unveiling ceremony for the wall will be held on August 2nd.

If you’re interested in making a donation for the memorial you can contact Larry Guerra, 915-667-1267 or Chris Acosta at 915-538-2223.

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