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Honor guard escorts fallen San Bernardino County deputy to coroner’s office

By in Press Enterprise on January 3, 2018

By Staff report

An honor guard of law enforcement officers is escorting the body of San Bernardino sheriff’s Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce from the hospital to the coroner’s office following his death Tuesday night, Jan. 2.

Falce, 70, of San Bernardino, suffered fatal injuries in an assault following a car crash while he was off duty Sunday morning.

The honor guard from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from other agencies across Southern California, was escorting him from Loma Linda University Medical Center to the Coroner’s Office at 175 S. Lena Road in San Bernardino.

The procession will pass beneath a giant American flag was been hoisted up by two cranes at the entrance to the Coroner’s Office. Shortly after 10 p.m., about a dozen people had arrived there to pay their respects to Falce.

Among them was Deputy William Champin, who worked with Falce for about 14 years at the Central Station.

“Age didn’t define him,” Champin said.

Even in his 60s, Falce worked on the department’s search and rescue team, going on long hikes in the mountains.

“The younger deputies couldn’t keep up with him,” Champin said.

Champin said Falce was known for his low, calm voice and never getting excited when talking on the police radio.

Champin said he asked Falce every year for the past seven to eight years when he planned to retire.

“It was always next year. … He loved it. That was his life — this department,” Champin said.

This story is developing. Check back for updates, and follow @RickSforza and @Brian_Rokos on Twitter for live coverage.

The @sbcountysheriff Honor guard will escort Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce’s body from the hospital tonight. pic.twitter.com/Df9ivBnE80

— Rick Sforza (@RickSforza) January 3, 2018

#SBCSD Honor Guard escorts Deputy Larry Falce pic.twitter.com/kIheguAHJ6

— SB County Sheriff […]    

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