A city of Riverside police officer slain by rogue ex- LAPD cop Christopher Dorner last year was among the more than 200 law enforcement officers honored today in Washington D.C.
Officer Michael Crain, who lived in Beaumont, and two other Inland law enforcement members had their names added to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. Crain and other local officers will be feted again Monday during a ceremony in Riverside.
Crain was ambushed in Riverside Feb. 7, 2013 by Dorner, who opened fire on Crain's patrol car at Arlington and Magnolia avenues. Crain's trainee, Officer Andrew Tachias, was severely wounded, but survived.
Riverside County Correctional Officer Gilbert Cortez died March 25, 2013 on Highway 79 in San Diego County when his patrol car overturned. Cortez was assigned to the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, the Riverside Press- Enterprise reported.
Crain and other local members of law enforcement will be honored at 5 p.m. Monday at the Riverside Police Department, 4102 Orange St., city of Riverside police Lt. Val Graham said. The event will pay tribute to Crain, all sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers, Graham said.
The third Inland officer honored in the nation's capital was San Bernardino County Sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay, who Dorner fatally shot Feb. 12, 2013 when MacKay and a sheriff's deputy approached the cabin Dorner used to evade capture, according to the Press-Enterprise.
– City News Service.