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Kern County community, leaders react to death of sheriff's deputy

Deputy Phillip Campas, Bakersfield, July 26, 2021
Posted at 12:48 PM, Jul 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 14:18:55-04

WASCO, Calif. (KERO) — On Monday, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced that Deputy Phillip Campas was killed in the line of duty during a hostage situation in Wasco. Local community leaders have begun to comment on his passing.

Senator Shannon Grove:

California State Assemblyman Vince Fong:

Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced the tragic death of Deputy Phillip Campas during Sunday’s standoff in Wasco. Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County) offers his condolences to the Deputy’s family, the victims’ loved-ones and the law enforcement community in the following statement:

“Words cannot adequately express the tremendous grief our community feels. This is a difficult time for everyone involved.

“We are grieving the tragic loss of a courageous deputy sheriff, and the victims in this tragic incident.

“We are forever grateful for Deputy Campas’ service who gave his life protecting others. Our hearts ache as we send love and prayers to his family, friends, and to those who served alongside him.

“We are thankful for the recovery of a second deputy who was wounded, and pray for the emotional well-being of all officers.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy:

Congressman David Valadao:

Bakersfield Police Department:

Kern County District Attorney Office:

Assemblymember Rudy Salas:

“My heart goes out to the family of the fallen Sheriff Deputy who gave his life in the line of duty, as well as those who were injured on Sunday. Our brave law enforcement officers continue to sacrifice everything to keep us safe - Thank You. Please keep our Kern County community in your prayers.”