Bakersfield Police Memorial, Bakersfield

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Truxton Ave, Bakersfield, Ca

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    Bakersfield Police Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    This memorial is inscribed with:

    ~The Psalm of David reads~

    “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil….”
    It is in that valley the police officer commits his life to defend us daily. When the shadow of death descends upon them and takes them from us, hold them in high esteem and honor them, for they have paid the ultimate price and given their lives to protect ours.

    R.N. Boggs, Detective
    Bakersfield Police

    These are inscribed to the left of the plaque:

    ~In Memory of~
    Thomas J. Parkard ~1903
    Frank Sparks~1917
    Aaron A. Trent~1917
    Floyd B.W.D. Cummings~1952
    William L. Rucker~1952
    Patrick D.Vegas~1980
    William L. Sikola~1983

    The plaque on the lower wall reads:

    ~A Police Officers Prayer~
    Pausing for a moment by my police car
    And bowing for a second to pray
    I begin my shift with a silent request
    Lord be my partner

    The mile I walk today Dear Lord
    Is a mile that’s never been trod
    For the many curves, the winding road
    I need your direction Dear Lord

    In numbers untold, my brothers, and I
    Have walked this road before
    Its face rearranging, crags rearranging
    And today I will walk it once more

    With all on the line, ready to give
    Whatever the duty will be
    My single request can best be expressed
    Lord, walk this mile with me

    From us who serve in suits of Blue
    And shades of tan and green
    As we on our way on patrol this day
    Oh Lord, make your presence be seen

    To lay down my life
    Rather than swerve from the path of duty……

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