Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Douglas Sorensen

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 2, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Stephen Douglas Sorensen

I miss you bro. Never forgotten


August 3, 2021

Steve, I learned a lot from you! And the work ethic you relayed to me, I still to this day attempt to carry out on a daily basis. Rest in Peace brother, and you will never be forgotten, your legacy lives on, from those you thought and mentored at Lancaster Station.

Sgt. Elvis Salas

August 2, 2021

Jesus Christ, during His Sermon on the Mount, proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 28, 2021

The years have gone by so fast, but not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and all the great thing you accomplished. From the first day you showed up at Altadena to the day before you were taken from us, I will never forget our time working together

By now you would have been retired and enjoying life, there’s so much you could have done.

Be well my friend, until we meet again....

Paul Dino (Sgt.- ret.)

August 10, 2020

There is much to say but somehow I still can't find the words. I enjoyed working in the Lake with you and respected your dedication to the job and to the community. You gave all, and to this day I think many of the residents still truly don't grasp that Not a day goes by I don't think about some of the things we talked about, when we first met patrolling the lake, and when I asked to be moved to a different RD. That decision still haunts me. Godspeed Steve, and God Bless. I'll stop in again sometime.

Sgt.(ret) Dave Patterson

August 3, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace god bless you

Mark Mottola

August 2, 2020

Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 2, 2020

Another year has gone by. Seems like only yesterday we were talking about getting together for a BBQ. A framed copy of the STAR News with your picture on it hangs in our den. I never hesitate to tell anyone who asks who you were and the good you did for your community.

You will always be missed. Rest well my friend.


August 5, 2019

You are always remembered.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

August 3, 2019

You are alwsys remembered.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

August 3, 2019

Deputy Sorenson: Thanks for your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Los Angeles County. We honor you and your service. A couple words to previous poster Christopher Betzer:
1. This site honors fallen peace officers. It isn't for unsubstantiated editorial comments about perpetrators. I don't care if you served in the USAF--that doesn't give you the right to make inappropriate and inaccurate comments.
2. In this case, even if Deputy Sorenson was on the property to deal with vehicles, it doesn't matter--he was feloniously assaulted and killed with a rifle-no excuse, no quarter given for such an act of cowardness by the perpetrator.
3. What kind of man drags a wounded/deceased deputy through the desert? Betzer find another forum for your inappropriate and ill-timed comments.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

August 2, 2019

I can’t believe fifteen years has gone by. Every year at this time, I stop and say a prayer, hoping you are at peace.

Rest well my friend, I’ll see you at briefing in the morning.


August 3, 2018

Fifteen years my friend jeez louise where does the time go! First off you are remembered always. a few of us went out to the spot to pay our respects. Most of the newbies don't even know where it is but we do and that's all that matters! I hope its enough to know that you are remembered until we draw our last breathe, we'll be along in a bit my friend! Then we'll smile.
R.I.P. brother till then!

T. Whalen

August 2, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 15th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 2, 2018

Your service and ultimate sacrifice is not forgotten Steve. Rest easy.

Deputy Sheriff LASD

August 2, 2017

Steve: As I watch the memorial service today for our Palm Springs Officers, Gil Vega and Lesley Zerebney, I am brought back to the very sad day we said goodbye. We are comforted that you are our angel in Heaven. I wanted you to know we think of you often. We miss and love you. Our pride is endless. You are our hero! Your cousin, Diane (Myers) Gonzales. RIP Cousin!

Diane (Myers) Gonzales
CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Retired)

October 19, 2016


I am here on behalf of the Wilsona School District Family. Our family includes our Board, leadership team, teachers and support staff, parents, community and most importantly, the children of Lake Los Angeles. I am also here as one of the many fortunate individuals who received the warm friendship of Steve Sorenson.

On behalf of the Wilsona School District Family, we express our deepest sympathy to Chris, to Steve’s children, to the men and women in uniform who served with Deputy Sorenson and to the people of Lake Los Angeles. All of us have lost a friend and brother protector.

Each of us is so very fortunate to have been touched by a man of such commitment and character, by a man who had such determination to keep our community safe.

The schools had in Steve Sorenson, in Deputy Sorenson, a brother protector as good as they come. Steve Sorenson was a friend who cared, who protected, who gave his all for our safety. Chris and Steve’s brothers and sisters in uniform, I want each of you to know that he represented the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department proudly and with honor by serving in the job of Deputy Sheriff as well as that job can be done. So many times I have called on Steve’s help, never to be turned away.

Like the time we had a strange trespasser with some suspicious activity on one of our campuses. All I had to give Steve was color and make of car and a glimpse of a grey beard. That Friday, I stopped at 170th and ‘O’ to ask Steve if we had anything and, of course, Steve had found the individual and had a talk with him and “he wouldn’t be coming back to any of our campuses”.

At our Board meeting in June, our Board publicly recognized and thanked the deputies that serve our community, Deputies Sorenson, Litchko, Hoveland and Wade Young, our School Liaison Deputy. I am so thankful that we did this for such a great man before we lost him.

This card in my hand is Steve’s. It has all the usual official information on the front. But on the back it has every private contact number Steve had. “You can call anytime”, he said, “just don’t give that number out to protect my family”. He was a Resident Deputy, a resident first and a deputy first. I did have occasion to use it to call Deputy Sorenson for help when we had a disturbance at an evening Board meeting. Chris answered the call and told me Steve had alerted her to respond whenever I called. The incredible support from Steve and Chris wasn’t just for me personally; it was for the schools, for the kids of Lake LA.

That was Steve Sorenson. He knew the community, he knew the people. He was there.

I ask those of you who live or work in Lake LA How many times have you seen Steve and his black and white 4X4 making a stop, talking with someone, observing traffic, waving, driving through town, checking out a lead?
I already know your answer.
You’ve lost count.
So have I.
He was always there.
He was always there for us.

Thank you Steve.
Thank you Deputy Sorenson.
You have done more for us than you know. And we will miss you much much more than we ever knew.
(Eulogy read as part of the Law Enforcement official memorial ceremony for Deputy Stephen D. Sorenson E.O.W 8/2/2003)

Civilian Ned McNabb
Former Superintendent, Wilsona School District

January 5, 2016

I think about you all year long. Thank you for being so helpful to me. You will never be forgotten.


August 8, 2015

I often pass your memorial signs on Hwy 138. Thank you for your service.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol (retired)

March 31, 2015

My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones. He lost his life doing what was his calling. The Lord has given him a new calling. May God surround you with his grace and love.

Recruit Follstad
LASD Academy Class #403

September 28, 2014

As a LASD recruit in class #403 I wanted to send my condolences to your family. You are a hero in my eyes and I will always remember the service you provided and the sacrifices you and your family have given on order to serve our communities. Your story will be with me as I serve with the LASD. After reading the reflections left here, I hope those I come in contact with will think of me as honoring my badge the same as you have.

DST Johnson, Randy (Class#403)

September 28, 2014

It's been 11 years brother and a week doesn't go by that I don't think about you. The 114B pin is still on my uniform and will never come off. Many people ask and I never hesitate to tell them who you were and what a great person you were. Your legacy will live on.

Rest well my friend, I'll see you at briefing tomorrow....

Paul Dino

August 4, 2014

Deputy Sorensen, you truly are a hero and my condolences go out to your family. Reading all 158 Reflections I see how beloved you were and what a positive influence you had on the community. As a recruit in Class#400 your story touched me and you will never be forgotten.
Recruit Mata

DST Class#400

March 25, 2014

What a tragic Loss all connected to the Devils Drug Meth ..........The people of the World need to continue the war on Drugs,this is a tragic example of why . May you rest in peace with your eternal partners in Heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May the Lord comfort you loved ones left with na eternally empty gap in their hearts

Jackie Bustamante

October 31, 2013

Lake LA residents felt safe because we knew Steve was on duty. He was a great deputy, neighbor, father and husband.


August 2, 2013

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