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Peace Officer Memorial Suspended For 2022, Sundial Bridge Will Be Lit Blue

Shasta County’s Peace Officer Memorial Coalition is again suspending the in-person event that’s customarily held on the front steps of the courthouse. The Sundial Bridge will be lit up blue on Thursday and Friday to remember the sixteen members of Shasta County law enforcement who have died in the line of duty since 1885. The last fallen officer in the county was Deputy Ken Perrigo, murdered in 1991 by two men he was transporting to jail from Burney for public intoxication. They were caught in Fall River Mills after an intense manhunt. In 2012 a bridge in Burney was dedicated to Deputy Perrigo. Also that year the Highway 44 bridge over Bear Creek was dedicated to Deputy Dennis “Skip” Sullivan, who crashed and died while en route to an emergency call in Inwood in 1987. In 2014 the North Market Street Bridge was named for Redding Police Officer Owen “Ted” Lyon, who was killed in 1967 by a domestic violence suspect on Gilbert Street. Highway 273 south of Redding is the George Redding Memorial Highway. He was a CHP Officer killed in 1977 when he responded to a crash involving a telephone pole. He was out of his car when a passing vehicle hit the downed line, causing it to whip around Officer Redding’s ankles and throw him to the ground. An in-person ceremony is anticipated for next year.