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Stretch of Highway 50, park entrance to be named for fallen sheriff’s deputy

A road sign will be placed on Highway 50 in Cameron Park to honor Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, who was killed in the line of duty three years ago.
A road sign will be placed on Highway 50 in Cameron Park to honor Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, who was killed in the line of duty three years ago.

A 1 1/2- mile stretch of Highway 50 in Cameron Park will be renamed for Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, who was killed in the line of duty three years ago.

Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli unveiled the road signs, which will be installed near Cameron Park Drive and Cambridge Road, at a ceremony earlier this month alongside Oliver’s widow and other family members.

The Danny Oliver Foundation released a rendering of a gateway to Eastern Oak Park in Oliver’s name. Steel letters reading “Oliver Plaza” will be affixed to the top of the entrance, which is expected to be completed in December. One supporting concrete block will bear a Sacramento County Sheriff’s badge, while the other will sport the American flag.

Oliver was gunned down in the parking lot of a now-demolished Motel 6 on Arden Way in October 2014. The suspect, Luis Bracamontes, then led law enforcement on a daylong chase from Sacramento to Auburn and allegedly killed Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. later that day. A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy and a motorist were also shot.

Bracamontes has blurted out admissions to killing Davis and Oliver in court and asked for an execution date, though his public defenders have entered an insanity plea. The case is expected to go to trial in January.

A portion of Interstate 80 near Horseshoe Bar Road in Placer County was renamed for Davis in July, and a Yuba City K9 puppy was named for Oliver last month.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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