Public invited to officer’s memorial service |

Public invited to officer’s memorial service

by Sheila Gardner

The public is invited to attend a memorial ceremony on Tuesday for reserve Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Callahan on the beach at Zephyr Cove where the officer died in a Memorial Day weekend boating accident.

“We encourage the public to come,” said Lt. Ross Chichester. “We’re expecting in excess of 250 law enforcement officers from other agencies in Northern Nevada and South Lake Tahoe. We also believe the Marine Corps will send representatives to participate.”

According to autopsy reports, hypothermia was a factor in Callahan’s drowning death. The 54-year-old reserve deputy died when the dinghy he was climbing into capsized, pitching him and two other men into about 15 feet of water in the Zephyr Cove Marina.

Callahan is the first Douglas County deputy to die in the line of duty.

Sheriff Ron Pierini led a contingent of sheriff’s office personnel to Callahan’s funeral Friday in Hemet, Calif. Sixteen people accompanied the sheriff, including chief deputies Robert Wenner and Robert Rudnick and 10 members of the DCSO honor guard.

Chichester said since most of Douglas County officers will be attending Callahan’s funeral, law enforcement personnel from Carson City and South Lake Tahoe will be covering Carson Valley during the service.

“All agencies in the area have offered everything they can,” Chichester said.

Callahan is survived by his wife and three adult daughters. He and his wife had been in the process of selling their home in California to move to the Zephyr Cove area. He had been traveling to the Lake for the summers to work on the boat patrol.

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