LANCASTER, Calif. (FOX 11) - Sheriff deputies lined the streets in Lancaster as a 24-hour vigil was held to honor slain Sergeant Steve Owen.
Sgt. Owen was killed by a parolee while responding to a residential burglary call in Lancaster on October 5, 2016.
Every year on October 5th the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office holds a 24-hour vigil for Sgt. Owen. The vigil started exactly at midnight on the corner of 32nd Street West and West Avenue J-8 and will conclude Saturday at 11:59 p.m.
“Often times, when someone is taken from us, as time passes, stories about that person grow. They become bigger and bigger, more embellished. But that is not the case with Sergeant Owen. He truly was bigger than life. His kindness, generosity, leadership, empathy and love for the job he did and the community he did it for are all true. The loss of a Police Officer like him is immeasurable,” the sheriff’s department wrote in a post online.
"This is always a difficult week for our station. The magnitude of the man, leader and friend we lost is felt every single day in our station's hallways. We thank our community for allowing us to hold his vigil, but also for joining us," the department mentioned.
Members of the community are encouraged to attend the vigil.