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BPD to honor fallen members of department during National Police Week

Posted: 6:16 AM, May 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-15 13:16:29Z

As part of National Police Week, the Bakersfield Police Department will honor those who lost their lives while protecting and serving the streets of Bakersfield.

In a Facebook post on Monday morning, the department posted a picture of the eight members of the force who gave the ultimate sacrifice while members of the BPD.

The members of BPD who lost their lives are: T.J. Packard, who died April 20, 1903; Frank Sparks, who died June 16, 1917; Aaron Trent, who died Aug. 22, 1917; Floyd B.D.W. Cummings, who died Jan. 7, 1952; William Rucker, who died July 20, 1952; Patrick Vegas, who died June 20, 1980; William Sikola, who died July 17, 1983; and David Nelson, who died June 26, 2015. 

The Bakersfield Police Department will hold a ceremony honoring the fallen officers at 7 a.m. Thursday in front of the police department on Truxtun Avenue. 

A county-wide memorial will be held at noon Thursday at the Peace Officers' Memorial on Truxtun.