Date and Time of Release: 5 July 2013
Date and Time of Incident: 3 July 2013
3 July 2013, 1St Vice President, David Kelly of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Columbia Parlor 258, presented Chief Stinson with T-Shirts from this year’s National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was held in Washington D.C. during National Police Week in May.
In May 1963, President John F Kennedy signed a proclamation designating 15 May as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week which falls after as National Police Week.
The shirts read, “25th Annual Candlelight Vigil”, on the front. On the back is the entire Roll Call of 321 names of the fallen Officers from 2012, and honorary members from years past, which were honored and added to the National Peace Officers Memorial Wall this year.
The Native Sons of the Golden West recognized the efforts of Chief Stinson to identify John J Sheldon, who is believed to be the first Officer in the history of the Sonora Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. Sheldon was ambushed and stabbed by two criminals on 29 April 1855, at approx. 3:30 am, while he was walking his beat near the United States Hotel on North Washington Street. Ironically, Sheldon’s name can be found on the back of the T-Shirt in row five and the fifth name down from the top (55).
The Native Sons of the Golden West felt it was fitting that each Officer of the Sonora Police Department receive one of the shirts with Officer Sheldon’s name on it, so they purchased a shirt for each Officer of the Department. The Officers of the Sonora Police Department are very appreciative of the genius gesture by the Native Sons of the Golden West and of 1st Vice President David Kelley for coordinating such an effort.