Fiften fallen officers including Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Ballantyne were honored Monday at the annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Day at the state Capitol.
The Peace Officer Memorial, located on the western end of the capitol grounds, is where names of fallen officers are added to the permanent bronze monument.
Ballantyne was one of 10 peace officers statewide who died in the line of duty in 2016. In addition, five officers who died in the line of duty in prior years but not yet added to the monument were enrolled Monday.
Ballantyne, 52, died in a Feb. 10, 2016 Sheriff One plane crash near Springville that also claimed the life of pilot James Chavez, 45.