Fallen Heroes

 Deputy Randy Hamson  Deputy David March
 Deputy Jake Kuredjian Deputy Arthur Pelino

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Remembering Deputy Arthur E. Pelino

pelinoa78Deputy Pelino was shot and killed in the line of duty by a mentally deranged suspect on March 19, 1978. Deputy Pelino was assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and was working as the Resident Deputy in Gorman, which is located just north of Santa Clarita in a rural section of Los Angeles County. Deputy Pelino had arrested a mentally deranged suspect that was known to have been violent. Deputy Pelino took the suspect back to his office to start the booking process. During the booking process, the suspect started to struggle with Deputy Pelino and was able to get control of his service weapon. The suspect shot and killed Deputy Pelino. Deputy Pelino will be greatly missed, but he will never be forgotten by his Sheriff’s Department family.

Deputy Pelino had been with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 21 years and was survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.


Remembering Deputy David William March

deputy marchDeputy David March, assigned to Temple Sheriff’s Station, was shot and killed in the line of duty at 10:39 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2002. Deputy March initiated a traffic stop near Live Oak Avenue and Peck Road, Irwindale. The driver of the vehicle got out of his car and met the deputy halfway between the patrol car and the suspect vehicle. A confrontation ensued between Deputy March and the suspect. The suspect produced a handgun and fired at Deputy March several times striking him in the upper torso.

The suspect, who was identified shortly after the shooting, fled to Mexico where he remained for 4 years. On February 23, 2006, the suspect was arrested in Mexico by US Marshals and Mexican federal agents following a joint investigation. He was extradited back to California and on March 2nd, 2007, he plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deputy David March was scheduled to transfer to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and begin serving our community. His untimely death was felt by many Santa Clarita Valley residents as he resided in Santa Clarita with his family and was well known and respected in the community. Tragically and suddenly, he was taken from us just days before he was to become one of our protectors. Thousands attended his funeral services at Grace Baptist Church in Saugus. Hundreds of Santa Clarita residents lined the streets as Deputy March’s motorcade procession drove by. Many of them, including small children, held signs with wonderful statements, American flags, and banners. Still others stood at attention saluting our fallen hero. I can tell you this from being there, the gratitude shown that day was like nothing I have ever seen in may career. Deputy David March will be missed by us all. We will never forget! Written in his own words before his death was Deputy David March’s personal values and commitments which were simply stated, yet powerful:

My Goals Are Simple.
I Will Always Be Painfully
Honest, Work As Hard As I Can,
Learn As Much As I Can And
Hopefully Make A Difference
In People’s Lives.
-Deputy David W. March

Shortly after Deputy March’s death the above statement was adopted as the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Creed.

Sheriff Lee Baca stated; These words embody the values each and every one of us should strive to live for. Remember this oath, learn these simple, yet succinct words and embrace them in your daily lives. Honor the fallen heroes of this Department by conducting yourselves in accordance with the Department’s Core Values, Mission Statement and Creed.

Deputy March had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 7 years. He is survived by his wife and stepdaughter.


Remembering Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian

jakeBannerSunday, August 31, 2008, marked seven years since Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. Jake was shot and killed in the line of duty while assisting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms during the service of a search warrant on Friday, August 31, 2001, in Stevenson Ranch. He was 40 years old.

Jake, was a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and had been assigned to the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station since 1995. Jake was an avid motorcyclist and after serving in many other capacities at the station had been assigned as a motor officer in the Santa Clarita Valley for six months prior to his untimely death.

In 1989, Deputy Kuredjian was awarded the Sheriff’s Department’s Gold Meritorious Conduct Medal by former Sheriff Sherman Block for saving the life of a woman clinging to a small tree branch atop a cliff in the City of Malibu.

Jake is survived by his mother, two brothers and his girlfriend. He will be remembered as a kind hearted, “happy-go-lucky” man who brought a smile to the face of anyone he came in contact with.

As a tribute to our fallen comrade, all on-duty deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station wore long sleeve Class “A” uniforms with a tie, and drove with their headlights on during daylight hours on Sunday, August 31, 2008. We encouraged residents of the Santa Clarita Valley to join us in this tribute by also using headlights during daylight hours. On-duty deputies wore black memorial bands on their badges, viewed Jake’s memorial video, and will filed past his memorial picture prior to going into service for their shift to protect the Santa Clarita Valley. Flowers will also be placed at Jake’s picture.

jakes_monumentA beautifully engraved monument dedicated to Jake in Stevenson Ranch was unveiled on November 1, 2001, at the corner of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Poe Parkway. It serves as a prevalent community reminder to keep Jake’s memory alive in the community and remind us all of sacrifice he made. It is also a peaceful park like setting and area were residents and deputies can go to relax and remember Jake.

On Friday, August 30, 2002, then Station Captain Donald Rodriguez proudly dedicated the Jake Kuredjian Memorial Rose Garden at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station courtyard in remembrance of Jake and Deputy Arthur Pelino, the first Santa Clarita Valley Deputy to be killed in the line of duty on March 19, 1978. The garden, with its serene waterfall and pond is a place where all station personnel can visit and relax or reflect on Jake, Arthur, and their service to the Santa Clarita Valley. Commemorative plaques with both deputies’ pictures also overlook the garden. The garden was originally coordinated by the Station Historian Estelle Foley and Deputy Mike Chinery. It was recently completely rejuvenated by cadets from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy Class #359 in tribute to Jake.

jakes_dedicationOn Wednesday, October 6, 2004, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Fifth Supervisorial District, joined District Attorney Steve Cooley; Sheriff Lee Baca; Greg Williams, President of Newhall Land and Farm; Garo and Raffi Kuredjian, Deputy Jake Kuredjian’s brothers; and Mrs. Kuredjian, Jake’s mother in a ceremony to dedicate Jake Kuredjian Park at 26265 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch, which was created to honor the memory of Jake. A Newhall Street was also named after Jake.

Words From Sheriff Lee Baca

“On Friday, August 31, 2001, the sunshine seemed to dim, laughter faded away and there was a little less joy in the world because Deputy Hagop ‘Jake’ Kuredjian was taken from us. A deranged man wielding a rifle took his life, in a brief moment of time, leaving his family and an army of friends to mourn his loss.

In the short time since his tragic death at 40 years old, I have been overwhelmed by the stories of how much life Jake packed into the relatively short time he was with us. If friends were counted as income, Jake was one of the richest men in the world! While we can’t help but grieve his passing, I am determined to remember that million dollar smile and the fact he would give the shirt off his back to help a family member, friend or stranger. Let us remember Jake enjoying a good prank, telling a joke or riding down the road on his Harley. Please never forget that Jake willingly put his life at risk to come to the aid of residents and law enforcement personnel who were in peril. Most of all, if you have not already done so, thank God for sharing Jake with us, even if just for a little while.”

– Lee Baca, Sheriff

View Deputy Jake Memorial Video


Remembering Deputy Randy Hamson

hamson bannerThe Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department –Santa Clarita Valley Station is saddened to announce the loss of one of its deputies. After a long and hard fought battle, Deputy Randy Hamson succumbed to injuries he sustained after being struck by a car on Saturday, August 16, 2004. Randy had been with the Department for just over five years when the accident occurred. Sadly, Randy becomes the third deputy to be killed in the line of duty in Santa Clarita Valley Station’s history.

On that date Deputy Hamson was conducting a follow-up investigation for a traffic collision that had occurred earlier in the shift on Sierra Highway. It was in the late evening hours, and the portion of the road where they were conducting their investigation was poorly lit. Randy saw a vehicle driving with its headlights off and used his flashlight in an attempt to get the driver’s attention. As Randy’s attention was drawn to that vehicle, he stepped forward and was suddenly struck by another vehicle coming toward him. The driver of the vehicle that struck Randy never saw him before the collision occurred.

hamson1Randy was rushed to the hospital and treated for a significant head trauma and other injuries. In October of 2004, he was transferred to Casa Colina Hospital, a long term care facility in Pomona. Randy remained in their care until death became imminent. On October 24th, 2008 Deputy Randy Hamson passed away.

Randy joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on March 23, 1999, and graduated the Sheriff’s Academy on August 27, 1999. He worked at Pitchess Detention Center – East Facility, until April of 2003, and then began his patrol service at Santa Clarita Valley Station in April of 2003.

Randy will always be remembered as a diligent and hard working deputy. He was admired and respected by his fellow protectors, and the community. He was a great partner, public servant, and friend. He will truly be missed.

Up until the time of the accident, Randy resided in Simi Valley California with his wife and their three children. Randy is also survived by his parents Jim and Carolyn Hamson, who reside in Paso Robles, his brother Tim Hamson, who is a Los Angeles City Fire Fighter and former Los Angeles Police Department member, and his brother Mike Hamson, who resides in Washington.

His wife Cindy said what Randy always wanted to do was protect and serve the public — like many, he lost his life fulfilling that dream.

Forever Remembering A Hero: Deputy Randy Hamson

“Deputy Randy Hamson Court” Dedicated November 24, 2009 at Golden Valley Ranch

Fallen SCV Deputy to Stand Watch Forever…

View Deputy Randy Hamson Street Dedication Video

Randy_Hamson_CourtOn Tuesday, November 24, 2009, the City of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita Deputies, and Pardee Homes joined to dedicate “Dep. Randy Hamson Ct.” in the City of Santa Clarita to forever honor and remember fallen deputy Randy J. Hamson and his family.

Sheriff Lee Baca, Captain Jacques La Berge, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Mayor Frank Ferry, City Manager Ken Pulskamp, City of Santa Clarita; President and Chief Executive Officer Mike McGee, Pardee Homes; and Rosalind Wayman, Senior Deputy for Supervisor Michael Antonovich joined family members, friends, and colleagues today to forever memorialize a community hero, fallen Los Angles County Deputy Sheriff – Randy J. Hamson.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station stood shoulder-to-shoulder in unity with members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol to pay tribute to their fallen comrade and his family at the ceremony. All looked on as Randy’s brother Tim Hamson, a Los Angeles City Firefighter, and Randy’s three sons climbed a Los Angeles County Fire Department ladder truck, which was draped with an American flag, and unveiled the brand new street sign for the first time.

The naming of the street and placement of the sign was made possible after Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp pursued the matter and joined in partnership with Pardee Homes in June of this year. Ultimately, a beautiful new community being developed by Pardee Homes, known as Golden Valley Ranch, was identified as the perfect location.

The street is located at the end of Via Princessa in the City of Santa Clarita where rolling hills can be seen for miles. “Deputy Randy Hamson Court” intersects an elementary school and a planned senior citizen housing development and is now where Randy will be remembered and stand watch over the community forever.

“It is the hope of Pardee Homes that this street will serve as a permanent reminder of Deputy Randy Hamson’s selfless dedication and sacrifice to protect and serve his community,” said Mike McGee, Pardee Homes president and CEO. “Let us never forget brave individuals like Deputy Hamson who risk their lives every day to protect us, our property and improve upon the quality of life in the communities where we live.”

Deputy Hamson was investigating a traffic collision on Saturday, August 16, 2004, when he was struck by a car. After a long hard fought battle, he succumbed to his injuries on October 24, 2008.

“The loss of Deputy Randy Hamson was tragic for the Sheriff’s department and the entire Santa Clarita community,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “The City of Santa Clarita hopes the dedication of a street sign that will be placed near a school and a senior community, in his name will preserve his memory and his honorable service to this community.”

On Saturday, August 16, 2004, Deputy Randy J. Hamson was on-duty and was protecting our community on Sierra Highway in the City of Santa Clarita when the tragic accident occurred. Randy had been with the Department for just over five years. Sadly, Randy became the third deputy to be killed in the line of duty in Santa Clarita Valley Station’s history – Joining comrades Deputy Arthur E. Pelino, shot and killed in the line of duty by a mentally deranged suspect on March 19, 1978, and Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian, shot and killed in the line of duty while assisting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms during the service of a search warrant on Friday, August 31, 2001, in Stevenson Ranch.

Randy joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on March 23, 1999, and graduated the Sheriff’s Academy on August 27, 1999. He worked at Pitchess Detention Center – East Facility, until April of 2003, and then began his patrol service at Santa Clarita Valley Station in April of 2003.

Randy will always be remembered as a diligent and hard working deputy. He was admired and respected by his fellow protectors, and the community. He was a great partner, public servant, and friend. He will truly be missed.

Randy J. Hamson - Honored and forever memorialized and remembered.  Gone, but never forgotten!