Recently, I was contacted by a fellow motor in Stanislaus County asking me if I would be willing to help spread the word about an upcoming event scheduled for April 20, 2013.
Once I found out what the event was, I told him I was more than happy to do whatever I could.
From The Officer Down Memorial Page:
On Thursday, April 12, 2012, Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris was shot and killed while he and another deputy were serving an eviction notice at the Whispering Woods apartment complex on Chrysler Drive in Modesto.
The deputies were attempting entry into the residence around 11 a.m. when the subject opened fire with a rifle, striking and killing Deputy Paris and a civilian locksmith who had accompanied them. The suspect barricaded himself inside the residence for several hours before committing suicide after the apartment complex caught fire.
It was later determined that the suspect was armed with 22 firearms, a gas mask, and other tactical equipment. While barricaded in the building, he cut through walls into adjoining apartments in order to have multiple vantage points. The suspect then killed himself after his residence caught fire.
Deputy Paris had served with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for 16 years. He is survived by his parents, a brother, and two adult children.
On April 13, 2013, there is a memorial ride for Bob starting in Oakdale, CA. If you’re in the area and you love to cycle, register and come out to honor one of our fallen officers. You can read more information about the event at Active.com.
You can also join the conversation or encourage other riders at the Bob Paris Memorial Ride Facebook Page.