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Photo Gallery | Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Honors Officer Bill Bean, Jr

It has been a quarter of a century since a Sacramento Police Officer had been gunned down. On February 9, 1999, that streak ended with the death of 29-year-old Officer Bean. That evening Officer Bean and his partner were on patrol when they initiated a traffic stop at Rio Linda Boulevard and Grand Avenue. The officers made contact with the subject in the vehicle. When the officers asked the subject for his identification, the subject fled. Officer Bean and his partner pursued the suspect until the suspect's vehicle became disabled in the area of Knightlinger Street and South Avenue. The suspect fled on foot from his vehicle. Officer Bean quickly exited the vehicle to pursue him. The fleeing suspect immediately opened fire, striking Officer Bean. Officer Bean was rushed to the hospital where he later died of his wounds. After an extensive manhunt that evening, the suspect was found and arrested. In October 2003, the suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Officer Bean was a deputy with the Placer County Sheriff's Department before joining the Sacramento Police Department in 1995. (2014 Sacramento Police & Sheriffs Memorial)

May 3, 2014, Officer Billy Bean, Jr. was honored by Placer County Chaplaincy 1st Annual Memorial Motorcycle Ride.  Officer Bean’s comrades – his fellow officers – as well as dear friends and family gathered at C&E Auburn to launch this memorial ride to pay tribute to the memory of Officer Bill Bean.  

As the motorcycle ride traversed the countryside within beautiful Placer County, memories heightened as they approached Colfax Cemetery. 

At the gravesite, Chaplain Jim Milne offered a welcome and opening prayer.  Billy Bean Sr. spoke of his son and how proud he is of Billy and the service he provided Placer and Sacramento Counties, as well as how proud he is of Deputies and Officers who each day, each hour and each moment put their lives on the line for us all.  

Memories were shared by friends who remember Billy for the great qualities as an officer and deputy, a man who so loved his family, and his friendship to others.  He is missed!

Chaplain John Akers offered words of encouragement to officers and friends reminding all, that Billy’s life and the courage he displayed as a Deputy Sheriff and Sacramento Police Officer honors each and every one of us. 

A closing prayer was given by Chaplain Jim Milne, as soon after, Chaplain Mike Koons played Taps echoing for our fallen officer, as hats were removed, heads bowed and tears surfaced. 

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall

Be called sons of God

Matt 5:9

 

 

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