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In Honor of Fallen Heroes

In the recorded history of the Butte County Sheriff's Office, three officers have been lost in violent encounters while on duty. Here, those officers are memorialized with synopses of the related incidents, as well as information regarding donations in their name.

Deputy Randy Jennings

Lost on May 21, 1997

Deputy Jennings was 38 years of age and began his law enforcement career with the Butte County Sheriff's Office in 1988. He was a member of the Special Incident Response Team and was named Officer of the Year in 1996.

Deputy Bill Hunter

Lost on July 26, 2001

While only with the department for three years, Bill Hunter showed lots of promise. He was recently selected for the counties new K-9 team, though his dog was in training on the night of the incident. Deputy Hunter was just a couple weeks away from celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Holly.

Lieutentant Larry Estes

Lost on July 26, 2001

A BCSO Veteran since 1973, Lt. Estes was 61 years old. Estes spent 10 years on patrol in the Paradise area before joing BINTF for four years. A promotion to Sargeant came in 1991, and to lieutenant in 1995 along with the title of Chief Deputy Coroner for the county. In 1998 came Estes' highest promotion, Assistant Sheriff, the department's highest non-electory position.

A fund has been set up for the Jennings family. Donations can be made to Randy Jennings Trust Fund, c/o Butte Community Bank, 2227 Myers Street, Oroville, CA 95965.

A fund to assist the families of Dpt. Hunter and Lt. Estes is being coordinated by Pamela Cox, manager of the Lovelock Inn. More information is available at the inn, located at 16115 Skyway, or by calling 873-4666.

Randy Jennings Memorial Bridge (Oroville, CA)