Blue light day to honor fallen officers
Carrie Osborn said she cried last Friday when she heard about the shooting rampage that killed Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Det. Michael Davis Jr.
“I was at home,” Osborn recalls. “And I just basically hit the floor.”
Osborn, a volunteer law enforcement chaplain for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, worked with Oliver for four years when he was a deputy at the Sacramento County main jail. Osborn said Oliver would often work graveyard shift, bringing arrests in that she would book and process for the jail record.
“Danny had an infectious smile. He could light up a room,” Osborn said. “He had the persona even that if you were having a really rough night, he would just smile and make it better.”
To honor her fallen friend, Osborn is promoting “Lights on for Deputy Danny Oliver,” a concerted community effort supported by the Sacramento and Nevada County sheriff’s offices, to remember both Oliver and Davis for their service to the community. Osborn is encouraging community members to replace their front porch lights with blue light bulbs and keep them turned on for the entire day on Nov. 1.
“That represents the thin blue line, which is how the law enforcement community grieves their fallen officers,” Osborn said. “If people don’t want to do that, we are requesting people put an unlit candle with a blue ribbon tied around it on their front porch.”
Osborn added, “This was such a huge tragedy, and we lost two officers in the same day, by the same shooter, we’re trying to pull together as a community to just start in Nevada County, but we’re hoping to see this go nationwide.”
The Sacramento Bee reported Oliver and Davis were allegedly gunned down by suspect Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte on Friday, in a six-hour chase that included two carjackings, other injured officers and a wounded civilian. While sitting in a parked car with his wife outside of a Motel 6 at Arden Way in Sacramento, Monroy-Bracamonte allegedly began shooting at Oliver, 47, and another Sacramento sheriff’s deputy when they approached.
Reportedly armed with an AR-15 rifle and at least two pistols, the couple then fled to Auburn, jacking several cars and shooting a civilian in the process. Davis, 42, was killed hours later during a confrontation on an Auburn roadway.
Osborn says that paying respects to the fallen officers and their families is the right thing to do, and highlights the sacrifice that the officers gave to protect and serve.
“It’s just to show support because I know a lot of people don’t have the money to donate to the causes,” Osborn said. “But just to have that blue light on their front porch to not only show but support Danny’s sacrifice, it means a lot to the officers as they’re driving by because a lot of people just don’t like cops, and they don’t realize what they go through on a day-to-day basis.”
Matt Buhman, the manager of Penn Valley True-Value Hardware, said that he will be ordering more 25-watt blue light bulbs, and will be selling the bulbs for 50 percent off on Nov. 1 only.
“My dad was an officer so I grew up seeing him going through all this stuff, and almost being killed himself,” Buhman said. “There would be times when he’d come home and give us all a hug but wouldn’t say anything. So when I hear what these officers have to go through it hits home for me; it’s very personal to me.”
Osborn, whose husband is a retired Sacramento police officer, said Saturday’s show of support is also a way to bring awareness to what the law enforcement community experiences on a daily basis.
“The community needs to be aware of what the law enforcement community does,” Osborn said. “This is the job. Having been a police officer’s wife, you know that there could be a day when your spouse or your husband may not come home. People who are not in the law enforcement community, their children are not raised with the fact that daddy or mommy may not come home. My children did not have that luxury.”
Osborn hopes that word of the blue light day spreads throughout the county and beyond.
“My goal is to make Nevada County blue on Saturday,” Osborn said. “From sunrise to sunset in admiration for Danny and Mike, and their families.”
A memorial service for Davis has been set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Adventure Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville. A memorial fund for his four children has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. The account is the “Detective Michael Davis, Jr., Benefit Memorial Fund,” account number 2348924032. Checks can be sent to Wells Fargo Bank, 3680 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650.
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4236.
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