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Thousands pay respects to Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy killed on duty

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies enter a Roseville church where services for their slain colleague Danny Oliver were held Monday.
Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies enter a Roseville church where services for their slain colleague Danny Oliver were held Monday. Sacramento Bee

They came by the thousands Monday to a Roseville church to say goodbye to Danny Oliver, the Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy killed in a two-county rampage last month that also claimed the life of a Placer County sheriff’s detective.

In an emotional service at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told the estimated 3,000 in attendance, including his grieving department, “We will never get over Danny’s loss, but we will get through it...until tears give way to smiles and laughter.”

Jones also spoke to his fallen deputy, his coffin draped with the American flag at the foot of the sanctuary’s stage. Law enforcement from across California attended the service.

“To Danny, thank you. Please know we will be there for your family, just like you’ve been there for everybody else’s,” Jones said, fighting tears.

Oliver, 47, was remembered as a leader who cared deeply for the neighborhoods he served as a Problem Oriented Policing deputy.

It was in that community-focused role that Oliver died Oct. 24. Authorities say he approached Marcelo Marquez and Janelle Marquez Monroy in their car at a Motel 6 parking lot near Arden Way in Sacramento. Marquez allegedly shot and killed Oliver with a handgun, carjacked another vehicle and later killed Placer Deputy Michael Davis Jr. in Auburn. Davis’ memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday.

Oliver’s team leader, Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Guerrero, paraphrased the late poet Maya Angelou to describe the 15-year department veteran.

“People will forget what you said, they’ll forget what you did, but not how you made them feel,” Guerrero said. “By that measure, he was a success. He made us feel safe.”

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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