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Longtime Kern High School District officer passes away

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Posted at 7:02 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 12:27:07-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A longtime Kern High School District officer has passed away after 23 years with the District.

According to his obituary, Abelardo "Lalo" Celedon Sr. died on Wednesday, March 20 surrounded by his wife and children. Celedon spent 40 years in law enforcement. Twenty three of those years were spent as an officer with the Kern High School District Police Department.

The Kern High School District released this statemend on Celedon's passing, calling him a "man of integrity."

Sergeant Abelardo “Lalo” Celedon was an amazing Kern High School District Police Officer. Sgt. Celedon began his law enforcement career in 1979 and worked for the McFarland Police Department, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Shafter Police Department before being hired as a police officer for the Kern High School District in 1996. Sgt. Celedon loved being a law enforcement officer and loved the Kern High School District. He was a man of integrity, and he brought honor to the profession. Sgt. Celedon always walked around with a smile and was willing to help anyone no matter what their position was or who they were. The passing of Sgt. Celedon is a tremendous loss for the entire Kern High School District community, and we extend our sincere sympathies to the Celedon family.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Valley Baptist Church, located at 4800 Fruitvale Avenue in Northwest Bakersfield. Services will conclude at Greenlawn Memorial Park South, located at 2739 Panama Lane in Southwest Bakersfield. According to Celedon's obituary, funeral services are open to anyone willing to attend.

Celedon was 61-years-old. He is survived by his wife, five children, and six grandchildren. He passed before being able to meet his seventh grandchild.