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Ceremony honoring fallen officers in Palm Springs set for next week

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- - The Coachella Valley Blue Light ceremony, which pays tribute to Riverside County law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, is set for Monday evening at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the first of three upcoming county events honoring fallen police officers.
   
The 6 p.m. ceremony will recognize the sacrifices of the 64 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Riverside County since 1895.
   
The annual event is even more personal for Palm Springs police, with two of their own -- Officers Jose Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny --  the latest to make the ultimate sacrifice.
   
Cathedral City police also will pay tribute to two of their fallen officers in a separate ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, during which the department will unveil a new police memorial at the Cathedral City Civic Center.

PSPD Chief reflects on the deaths of Officers Zerebny & Vega
   
The memorial will bear the names of Officer Jermaine Gibson, killed on March 19, 2011, when his patrol car crashed into a tree during a high-speed suspect pursuit, and Officer David Vasquez, struck by a vehicle on Oct. 28, 1998,while assisting at the scene of a crash at the intersection of Date Palm Drive and 35th Avenue.

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Elsewhere in the county, a Blue Light ceremony will be held for Western Riverside County agencies on Dec. 17 at the Board of Supervisor Chambers in downtown Riverside.
   
Organizers say the ceremonies are ``a time to celebrate the lives of the 64 officers who were taken from us, and a time to show support for the families they left behind.

Local businesses remember PSPD Officers Vega and Zerebny
   
The blue light is symbolic of our remembrance of those officers who died, but also honors the officers who continue to work today.''

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