A police officer killed during a firefight with multiple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner will be honored in a local memorial, city officials tell Banning-Beaumont Patch.
Officer Mike Crain was gunned down while on routine patrol in Riverside in the early morning hours of Feb. 7. Police have said he didn't even have time to fire off his own weapon while attacked in a "cowardly ambush" by suspect Chris Dorner, who is also suspected of killing a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Detecitve and a young couple in Irvine in a vendetta against the LAPD.
Crain is a Southern California native who grew up in Redlands and graduated from Redlands High School in 1996. He lived in Beaumont with his wife, son and daughter.
He was laid to rest Feb. 13 , the majority of them members of the law enforcement community.
Crain is one of 16 names submitted for approval to the city of Beaumont for their additions to the new Public Safety Memorial in front of city hall, according to spokeswoman Ashley Starr.
The names— which are sill preliminary— represent those law enforcement officers or fire personnel who lived in Beaumont or Cherry Valley.
Names can still be submitted for this year's additions through May 15, as the deadline was recently extended, according to Starr.
Below is a listing of the preliminary names submitted for approval for the memorial:First Middle Last Department Rafael L. Estrada Beaumont Police Department Paul L. Miller Beaumont Police Department Donald Houston Beaumont Police Department John Richard Hackman Beaumont Police Department Harold Perryn "Pappy" Shull Beaumont Police Department Michael Crain Riverside Police Department Jermaine Anthony Gibson Jr. Cathedral City Police Department Sergio Carrera Jr. Rialto Police Department Albert Al Chatigny Sr. Beaumont Fire Department Joseph Duke De Forge Beaumont Fire Department Marcello Toby Ortega Cal Fire Edwards Airforce Base Fire Department Herb Nemeyer Cal Fire Manueal J. Sanchez Beaumont Fire Department - CalFire Gordon Toby Wickham Cal Fire/RSO Herbert Kantor CalFire Harold D. Spaulding CalFire