Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Loran Lee "Butch" Baker, Jr.

Santa Cruz Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Reflections for Sergeant Loran Lee "Butch" Baker, Jr.

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Baker. God Bless him for his service and sacrifice he made to keep others safe from harm. Rest in Peace dear brother, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

March 10, 2013

Dedicated to:
My Brothers and Sisters in Law Enforcement Serving and Protecting Us All, Day and Night.

Special Dedication to:
Santa Cruz Police Department


We're always out there serving and protecting
We will never falter while we're on the watch
You're sleeping soundly the streets alive around you
We patrol our sectors, our beats both day and night
We are the Police..........We're watching over you
We are the Police..........Protecting is what we do

A call from dispatch says that help is needed
We responded code 3 just to get to you
Arriving on scene, suspect began too scream
I'm not going to jail tonight....not without a fight
We are the Police..........We're watching over you
We are the Police..........Protecting is what we do

Our badge is battered, the uniform is tattered
We give all we have to keep you safe this night
Battle was hard fought, we didn't give a second thought
Responding to a call for help is what we're all about
We are the Police..........We're watching over you
We are the Police..........Protecting is what we do

Some people say..............................We're insane
Some people call us..........................Foul names
But when you need help....................Who came
We are the Police..........We're watching over you

Our fallen heroes, are gone but not forgotten
Thin blue line of courage, forever standing true
So please don't hate us and try not to forsake us
We will give our all, to keep you from all harm
We are the Police..........We're watching over you
We are the Police..........Protecting is what we do

written by: Cardell L. Dobbins
Copyright©2013 - All Rights Reserved and may not be duplicated without the permission of the author.

In Remembrance of my Friends:
Chicago Police Department
E.O.W. 03/29/1973

Highland Park Police Department
E.O.W. 01/06/1984

Illinois State Police
E.O.W. 06/06/1995

Senior Master Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

March 9, 2013

My prayers go out to the families and friends of the fallen officers. To loose one is hard enough, but two.. I know it is a tremendous loss for the Department.
God Bless.

Sgt. Stacy F. Lim
Los Angeles Police Department

March 9, 2013

Rest in peace. You served with pride and honor in the finest tradition of American law enforcement. Your brothers and sisters of the shield mourn your loss.

Lt. Jay Fleming
NYC Police Department, MNSTF

March 9, 2013

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle, wife of US Marshal

March 8, 2013

My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family, friends, and co workers of Sgt Baker. RIP

Sgt J W Walter
Richmond PD VA

March 8, 2013

Thank you for your sacrifice, it will never be forgotten. May God keep your family in His arms.

Special Agent #8268
Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ

March 8, 2013

Thank you for your brave service. Rest in Peace.

1st Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

March 7, 2013

I grew up in Los Gatos and spent a lot of time in Santa Cruz. It is so sad to see this happen in your town. My prayers and best wishes to your family and department.

Officer Mark Elledge
Veterans Affairs Police, Sheridan WY

March 7, 2013

God bless you, Sgt. Baker. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nicole Forzano

March 6, 2013

God bless you Sergeant. Your brothers and sisters are weeping with you. You will never be forgotten. Godspeed.

Officer Deborah Erdy
BART P.D, San Francisco Bay Area

March 5, 2013

Rest in peace brother.

Prayers for family and fellow officers .


March 5, 2013

THANK YOU Butch for believing in my cadaver dog (Rachel) back in 1993 when you called me out to assist on the homicide in Pogonip Park. You told me (after Rachel found bone evidence and teeth) how impressed you were with her nose. In spite of my being a lowly (female) campus cop who'd been razzed and harassed by other K-9 cops, you're kindness and encouragement on that case gave me confidence in my work and in my vision to use search dogs and make a difference. I didn't know you that well, but it was very clear that you were loved and respected by your peers. May you rest in peace and may God grant your family the Peace that surpasses all understanding.

Officer Kat Albrecht (Retired)
U.C. Santa Cruz Police

March 5, 2013

I was shocked to hear of the deaths of two of Santa Cruz's finest officers. I have always loved my frequent visits to Santa Cruz as a way of getting away from the stress of the real world, but unfortunately the real world has spilled over into this beautiful city by the sea.

I salute the two officers who lost their lives in trying to maintain the safety and dignity of a way of life that few have had the opportunity to enjoy. My God watch over these dedicated officers and bring peace to their families.

Special Agent (Retired) William Bertolan
Bureau of ATF

March 5, 2013

Thank you for your service, Sir. God Bless and Godspeed.


March 5, 2013

You will be remembered as a hero now among the angels. Rest well.

Eddie Smith Taylor
Daughter of a Fallen Officer

March 4, 2013

We are saddened by the loss of Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker. We have already begun praying for your department and Sergeant Loran Baker's family. Please know that you have our support from a distance. We thank Sergeant Baker for his years of service.

Session 54 Zone Five Academy
Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

March 4, 2013

Sergeant, we mourn your loss to our law enforcement family. Please rest in peace.

To your family,
Your loss is felt throughout the law enforcement family. Please be strong for each other. I hope that you can find some peace in the fond memories of your father and husband during these terrible days.

Sergeant Stephen Gillen
Upper Gwynedd Township Police

March 4, 2013

What can one say about an animal like the one who murdered you? Why bother, YOU are the focus of this page and rightfully so. YOU are the hero and YOU are the one who will forever be in the hearts and minds of those who know and love you best. Your efforts to keep the people of Santa Cruz were not in vain and you truly are a hero.
God Bless you and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 4, 2013

Rest In Peace....

John Ruth, AEMD Comm. Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch, TX

March 3, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

March 3, 2013

God's peace and speed Sergeant Baker. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

March 3, 2013

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O. FL

March 3, 2013



March 3, 2013

Thank you Sergeant Baker for your many years of dedicated service. May your family find peace and strength in this terrible time of loss. Your son will carry on the torch of serving and protecting and you will never be forgotten by your community.


March 2, 2013

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