ELK GROVE (CBS13) — The flag outdoors the Elk Grove Police Division was slowly lowered Thursday night time because the division and group mourns officer Ty Lenehan. Lenehan was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver final week.
“I believe as everyone can inform and see, this has been devastating to the division and the group. We misplaced a hero,” stated Elk Grove Police Sgt. Jason Jimenez
It was only one month in the past, Moms In opposition to Drunk Driving, or MADD, gave officer Lenehan a coin honoring him for educating drivers at a number of DUI checkpoints.
MADD additionally just lately honored Galt Police Officer Harminder Grewal with a certificates for his variety of DUI arrests. He was additionally hit and killed simply weeks later by an alleged drunk driver.
CBS13 went to MADD to search out out if extra officers are dying by the hands of impaired drivers.
Ron Replogle is the Nationwide Legislation Enforcement Initiatives Supervisor with MADD. In simply 4 days, he’s despatched condolence letters to 2 police departments that misplaced officers to alleged impaired drivers. Elk Grove was one in all them. Replogle says we’re already on monitor to have greater than final 12 months.
Final 12 months, roughly 59 officers died in car crashes. Practically a 3rd of these, 17, have been vehicular assaults, which normally contain impaired drivers.
“It’s horrible. It’s horrible for the group there and that company and clearly it’s very horrible for that officer’s household that they must undergo one thing and it’s so mindless and it’s preventable,” Replogle advised CBS13.
“These are individuals which might be working. They’re serving us and it’s simply heartbreaking. However a drunk driver will take 29 lives at present,” stated MADD volunteer Bonnie Masters, who labored alongside Officer Lenehan at a number of checkpoints.
It’s 29 lives too many as a group now mourns one who died a hero.