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Golf tournament will raise funds to send DCSO honor guard to cremony

by Merrie Leininger

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department wants to honor the only officer the department has ever lost in the line of duty.

The honor guard is attempting to raise money to attend the National Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Washington D.C. in honor of Deputy Ed Callahan, who drowned June 2.

The ceremony will be held May 1999 during National Law Enforcement Week.

That week, Callahan’s name will be added to the list of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Since it is the first officer lost in the line of duty, we really wanted to raise the money necessary to go,” said Lt. Mike Biaggini.

He said a candlelight vigil will be held one evening in memory of the officers, and the main ceremony will be held at the U.S. Capitol.

A national program pays for the families of fallen officers to attend the ceremonies and the workshops that run all week.

Biaggini said the workshops give information about funds designated for families of officers who have died.

Honor guard members are hoping to raise most of the money for their Washington trip through a golf tournament set for Sept. 20 at Sunridge Golf Course.

The tournament is a four-person, best-ball scramble. The fee is $75 per person, and signup sheets are available at the sheriff’s office.

A raffle and barbecue will be held after the tournament at the clubhouse. Non-players are welcome to attend the barbecue.

Cost for the dinner is $15, which can be paid at the sheriff’s office. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Community businesses have responded well to requests for raffle and tournament prizes, Biaggini said.

Prizes will also be awarded for a hole in one and the longest drive for both men and women.

Many prizes have already been donated, such as a night on the town at South Lake Tahoe, including limousine, dinner and show and hotel room.

Jet ski rentals, parasailing, $100 gas certificates and Round Hill Pines season passes are among the many prizes available.

The office is still looking for donations. For more information or to donate prizes, call Connie Helms or deputies Mike Helms or Ron Michitarian at 782-9901.

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