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News ImageNovember 19, 2015  Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra StanleyToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.

On the night of November 19, 1940, Deputies Ezra Stanley and Carl Pryor were patrolling Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when their car was struck from behind by a drunk driver. The car skidded as the gas tank caught fire. Deputy Stanley was unconscious and wedged tightly in the car. Deputy Pryor's attempted to free Deputy Stanley, but his efforts were in vain.

News ImageOctober 24, 2015  Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Mark TonkinToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Mark Tonkin.

Deputy Tonkin joined the department on August 21, 1981. He was initially assigned to the Main Jail and worked a short time as a court bailiff before going to North Patrol. In January of 1988 Deputy Tonkin was assigned to the Career Criminal Apprehension Team.

On October 24, 1988 Deputy Tonkin, an eight year veteran of the Sheriff-Coroner Department, lost his life in a helicopter crash while assigned to DESERT RANGER, a multi-agency cooperative narcotic enforcement program. Mark was one of eight victims aboard a California National Guard UH1H Huey Helicopter which went down and burned in mountainous terrain near El Centro, California.

Deputy Tonkin was survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and parents, James and Gloria Tonkin.

News ImageSeptember 22, 2015  Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Sergeant Matthew R. DavisSergeant Matthew R. Davis joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1986. After graduating Sheriff’s Basic Academy, he worked in the Theo Lacy Branch Jail for two years and then was promoted to Deputy II and transferred to the South Operations Division. After a few years of working in the Major Accident Reconstruction Team he was selected a Motor Officer in Mission Viejo and 1999 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, 2002 tragedy struck the family of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. While on duty in the City of Mission Viejo, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision on his motorcycle after a vehicle making a left hand turn pulled into his lane. Sergeant Davis fought vigilantly for two days, and despite heroic medical efforts, succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.

Sergeant Davis will always be remembered not only as a friend, but also as a hero. He maintained a friendly, professional and business like demeanor as he dealt with his co-workers and members of the community he served.

Sergeant Davis is survived by his wife and three children.

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