Congressman Denham Honors Fallen Peace Officers, Pays Tribute to Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff

May 15, 2013
Pictured (L-R): Robert Paris, Sr., Rep. Jeff Denham, Jane Paris, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson
Congressman Denham Honors Fallen Peace Officers, Pays Tribute to Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today presented Lodi-natives Bob and Jane Paris with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of their late son, Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff Robert Lee Paris, Jr., who was killed in the line of duty last April.

“When any community loses an officer, it is a tragedy. Both for the family and for those whose lives benefited from their service,” said Denham. “I’m humbled by this opportunity to join Deputy Paris’ loved ones to honor and remember his sacrifice.”

The Paris’ traveled to Washington, D.C., this week with several other members of the family and Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson to commemorate National Police Week and attend a special service held on National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, May 15, 2013.  The group met with Rep. Denham following the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service held on the lawn of the Capitol earlier today.

“The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil and seminars,” Denham continued. “These important events help us to honor and remember the sacrifice of the members of law enforcement across the nation who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Last Congress, Rep. Denham introduced H. Con. Res. 117, legislation to authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on May 15th, in order to honor the law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, including Deputy Paris.  Each year, National Police Week draws tens of thousands of law enforcement officials and their supporters from around the world who travel to the nation’s capital to participate in events to honor fallen officers.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris was shot and killed on April 12, 2012 while he and another deputy were serving an eviction notice at the Whispering Woods apartment complex on Chrysler Drive in Modesto.  He had served with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for 16 years, and is survived by his parents, a brother, and two adult children.