Memorial service begins for slain sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce
By Brian Rokos
San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce — who died from a punch following a minor traffic crash in San Bernardino – was remembered at his memorial service Tuesday not only for his love of animals, but also for his flannel shirts.
The 30-minute ceremony at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland included several speakers.
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The gathering was attended by 1,000 people – including orange-clad members of Falce’s Mountain Search and Rescue unit.
He joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1972 as a volunteer with the search-and-rescue unit.
The ceremony ended with an honor guard escorting Falce’s casket from the chapel as “Amazing Grace” played.
As an Army veteran, he was set to be buried at 2:30 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery.
San Bernardino police say that on Sunday, Dec. 31, Falce tried to avoid a dog that ran into the street on Kendall Avenue in San Bernardino.
A driver behind Falce, identified by police as Alonzo Leron Smith, 30, couldn’t stop – […]