Getting their attention: The heart behind the badge

Getting their attention: The heart behind the badge
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Parker wrote an eye opening letter depicting his 31 years on the job.  The letter shares Parker’s love of the job and the hardships a career in law enforcement can bring.   Parker says, “I have buried my friends and seen their children grieve, feeling lost and alone, yet surrounded by a sea of uniforms. I have seen the extreme cruelty that one human being can inflict on another and the incredible kindness of everyday people toward the less fortun...
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Wildfire season just starting for Santa Cruz Mountains helicopter crew

Wildfire season just starting for Santa Cruz Mountains helicopter crew
A few firefighters with the best vantage of wildfire season in the Santa Cruz Mountains this summer have been battling fires from the air, dropping hundreds of gallons of water from a Cal Fire helicopter and guiding ground crews to remote areas. Although the rural areas in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara counties have been spared from a large wildfire in recent months, members of Cal Fire's Alma Helitack Base said the worst may be yet to come. Brush and grass continue to dry out as the regi...
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New Santa Cruz Town Clock light dedicated to fallen police

New Santa Cruz Town Clock light dedicated to fallen police
SANTA CRUZ >> Evening passersby may have noticed a renewed glow around the downtown Town Clock in recent weeks, thanks to community support. The Surf City Kiwanis Club recently provided the funding and volunteer hours to have a new LED lighting system installed inside the historic clock tower at Water Street and Pacific Avenue. The 50-member nonprofit group dedicated the effort to Santa Cruz police detectives Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Elizabeth Butler, who were killed in the line of dut...
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