Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder knows too well the pain and loss that can accompany a life in law enforcement.
Before embarking on a career in health care, he worked as a police officer and was seriously injured while responding to a domestic dispute call. And he still mourns the death of one of his former patrol partners.
“We’re here today . . . to maintain a vigil for those who have given all and as a message to those living that we will always be here for you,” Van Gorder told a crowd of several hundred that gathered this week in San Diego for the 30th annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony.
Van Gorder, who delivered the ceremony’s keynote address, serves as a reserve commander in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit. He also is a licensed emergency medical technician and instructor for the American Red Cross.
His comments were reported by the U-T San Diego and KUSI TV.
Read the U-T article: Touching Tribute to Fallen Peace Officers
Watch the KUSI report: Memorial for Officers Killed in San Diego Area