February 26, 2016

A Day of Remembrance for Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler

February 26, 2013 will be a day that we all will never forget. On this day, Sergeant Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were tragically killed in the line-of-duty.

The Santa Cruz Police Honor Guard led a solemn 43 minute ceremony in remembrance of that fateful day. The timing is significant because Butch and Elizabeth lost their lives on February 26, 2013 at 3:23 p.m. and the individual responsible for this horrific rampage was stopped at 4:06 p.m.

Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace knowing your fellow brothers and sisters are watching over your family and continuing the Watch.
The Baker-Butler Memorial Garden stands as a tribute to our fallen friends and heroes. The creation of this beautiful garden was labor of love. View the evolution of the Baker-Butler Memorial Garden.
"Building the Memorial Garden" is available on SCPD YouTube Channel https://goo.gl/uG5XKS
SCPD is grateful to all those who put in many hours and worked tirelessly to make this Baker-Butler Memorial Garden happen.
Our SCPD family has been humbled by the outpouring of support and respect both towards our Officers and the Baker and Butler families since the tragic day. SCPD is forever grateful and we vow to continue our tradition of service as we move forward keeping the City of Santa Cruz safe.