Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - The name Sergeant Ira Essoe II is being added today to the Orange County Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument. Sergeant Essoe was shot while attempting to stop a car theft on November 6, 1980. He died of injuries received in that shooting on February 4, 2010. The Sergeant's name will be the 49th peace officer listed on the Memorial, representing 20 different law enforcement
agencies that have had members killed in the line of duty in Orange County.
“Every name on this memorial reminds us of the dangers our peace officers face each and every
day. We will never forget the sacrifice they made to keep us safe. All of them, along with their
families, will forever live in our hearts,” said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
Colleagues of local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and those they left behind will gather
in this morning in Santa Ana at the 25th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony to honor Sergeant Ira Essoe II and the other fallen officers.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council established Project 999 to assist the family of
Sergeant Essoe, who was left paralyzed by his wounds. It now serves those families of officers
injured and killed in the line of duty who face unexpected expenses and it ensures they are cared
for in their time of need.
The Orange County Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument was dedicated in 1986.