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Fallen Hero Of The Month - Frank Epperson - California Highway Patrol

504On July 2, 1954, State Traffic Officer Frank M. Epperson, age 39, was attempting to overtake two speeding vehicles and was about to pass a pick-up truck when the truck started a left turn in front of his patrol car. Epperson tried to avoid a collision, but the two vehicles collided, and the patrol car rolled several times before striking a power pole and slamming into irrigation equipment. The 40-year-old patrolman was ejected and died at the scene. Epperson had joined the CHP in 1948, but his duty was interrupted by service in the Korean War. He returned to the Patrol in 1952. Officer Epperson was a Korean War veteran. Officer Epperson was assigned to the CHP's Indio Area office. He served the CHP for 6 years.

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Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

The RCPOMF is now a proud member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

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About Project Blue Light - History

Project Blue Light began in 1988 when the surviving mother-in-law of a Philadelphia (PA) police officer killed in the line of duty told COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) that she would have two blue lights in her window for the holidays, one in memory of her son-in-law and one in memory of her daughter, the officer’s widow, who had been killed in a car crash that year. COPS adopted this idea as a way that everyone could honor the officers who serve and protect us while remembering those who have been killed in the line of duty. Project Blue Light has grown steadily as a way of remembering our departed law enforcement officers across America and beyond. The concept is a simple one. Place a single blue light in your window in memory of fallen officers. At this time of year, ornamental light fixtures, such as candlestick replicas, are easy to come by and serve this purpose well. Replace the (usually) white light bulb with a single blue bulb, and place it in a window where it will be seen. Most people won’t know its significance, but the ones to whom it matters most, will.

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City of Beaumont Police/Fire Memorial

The City of Beaumont is currently building a Police & Fire Memorial in front of City Hall. The RCPOMF is supporting this project which will honor those who paid the ultimate price while serving the people of Beaumont.

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Supervisory Agent Trena Renee McLaughlin, United States Border Patrol - EOW: September 14, 2009

c_border-patrol-agent-trena-mclaughlinSupervisory Border Patrol Agent Trena McLaughlin died as the result of Hepatitis C, which she had contracted after being stuck by a syringe while searching a vehicle.

On July 14, 1994, she was searching a vehicle at the Temecula Station in California when her hand came in contact with the hidden syringe. She tested positive for Hepatitis C in 1998 and medically retired from the Border Patrol in 2002. She passed as a result of the disease on September 14, 2009.

Agent McLaughlin had served with the United States Border Patrol for 18 years. She was 59 years old. Agent McLaughlin was added to downtown Riverside's "Safe In His Arms" memorial in 2012.

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Will you consider parnering with us by donationg to the RCPOMF? Your tax-deductible contribution will honor the memory of those law officers killed in the line of duty while serving in Riverside County.

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We still have past year's Law Ride pins for sale ($2), RCPOMF ball caps ($20), RCPOMF Foundation pins ($5). To purchase, please call (951) 515-1663.

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Riverside County Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation

The Riverside County Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation (RCPOMF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization which was incorporated in 2005.  The RCPOMF honors Riverside County's fallen Federal, State and local law enforcement officers killed in the Line of Duty while serving in Riverside County as determined by the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program, U.S. Department of Justice.

police_memorial1The RCPOMF is dedicated to the building, rebuilding, refurbishing and maintenance of Line of Duty law enforcement memorials throughout Riverside County. The Foundation honors each fallen officer, deputy and agent by keeping their memory alive and by providing our community with their individual story which chronicles their sacrifce and their surviving family's lifelong sacrifice.

The Foundation also assists with providing funds for conducting ceremonies and any needed equipment.

The RCPOMF provides monetary support for the surviving family in the event of an officer's Line of Duty death (LODD). Recently, the RCPOMF has assisted families who's loved one was killed in the Line of Duty by presenting a check in the memory of their fallen officer. 

Long range plans include the development of a scholarship program to support the children survivors of Riverside County's LODD.

The RCPOMF is supported by corporations, police association donations, governmental donations and individual sponsors. The Foundation currently sponsors a yearly Law Ride. The first Law Ride started in 2006 and was a huge success. The Law Ride is a motorcycle ride, which starts in Downtown Riverside and ends at a park or other location where riders are treated to a lunch, raffles and vendor displays.  Each of our Law Rides have been escorted by law enforcement officers, making this 75 to 100 mile ride especially enjoyable.  So far, the Law Rides have ended at the Deputy Kent Hintergardt Park (2006 and 2008), Lake Skinner (2009), Bogart Park in Cherry Valley (2010), and Vail Lake Resort in Temecula (2011). The Law Rides have been attended by hundreds of motorcycle riders from all over California and recently riders from Arizona and Nevada have joined us as well. About 450 or more riders attended in 2011. The 2012 Law Ride will again "end" at the beautiful Vail Lake Resort.

The foundation was formed to provide the community a conduit to our County's fallen. The Foundation's intent is for our community to better understand each officer's sacrifice, and how these brave men and women went to work each and every day, knowing they may be required to pay the ultimate price in order to keep their community safe. We owe much to these who gave so much, but asked for so little in return.

Please take the time to review each officer's story. Each are heroes- each deserve our respect.