Stanislaus remembers its fallen officers
Nineteen names — two more than last year — nearly fill the first granite monolith of the Stanislaus County Peace Officers Memorial at Lakewood Memorial Park, where hundreds gathered Wednesday to honor those who died in the line of duty.
The families of sheriff’s Deputy Antonio “Tony” Hinostroza III and Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh joined other families, public safety personnel and supporters for the somber ceremony.
In opening remarks, Stanislaus County Peace Officers Association President Doug Ridenour Jr. of the Modesto Police Department said, “Spending time at this wall is something many of us do throughout the year. Never forgetting the sacrifice is something every one of us have added to our daily routines.”
The ceremony included the laying of a wreath at the memorial, by Newman police Chief Randy Richardson and Modesto police Assistant Chief Rick Armendariz, comments by Sheriff Jeff Dirkse and the tolling of a bell for each fallen officer in the county.
Hinostroza, 45, was killed the night of Nov. 25 when his patrol car hit a power pole at Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road near Riverbank. He was responding to help deputies in Riverbank who were involved in a chase.
Singh, 33, was shot and killed while performing a traffic stop in Newman in the early hours of Dec. 26.
After the memorial, Hinostroza’s mother, Gloria, said, “I’m so grateful for the love and support” and for everything so many people have done for her family.