A crowd of friends and family members gathered Wednesday afternoon outside Galt’s city hall to honor Galt K-9 Officer Kevin Tonn on the anniversary of his death as a somber etched stone was unveiled in his memory.
Community members from children to seniors gathered with law enforcement personnel and family to remember Tonn, who was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 15, 2013. Galt police officers and volunteers stood together solemnly under shady trees.
Peppered through the crowd were Sacramento County law enforcement officers, chaplains, veterans and community members wearing sweatshirts emblazoned with “Heroes live forever.” Visitors stood on the future site of a memorial that will represent not only Tonn, but all of Galt’s fallen heroes, including law enforcement, firefighters and military veterans.
Tonn’s sister Julie Carnesi thanked Galtonians for their strong emotional support in the year since Tonn was killed by a burglary suspect who then killed himself.
“We pray that the the Galt community will continue healing,” she said.
Mayor Marylou Powers also said a few words in honor of Tonn.
“In every breeze that comes through this town, and every time the sun shines, Kevin Tonn is giving us a hello and watching over us,” she said.
Those who gathered then lowered their heads in prayer, led by Pastor Rick Keiser of the Family Life church.
One officer perched his son on his shoulders. The German shepherds of the K-9 units stood along the sidelines.
The memorial, which was designed by high school students in Galt, will be a circular outdoor stone monument with tall flagpoles and a seating area for visitors to view the monument.
In addition to erecting a public memorial, the city shared plans to name a segment of Highway 99 near Galt after Tonn, and unveiled a commemorative stone.
With a picture of Tonn, the etching on the stone echoes words from City Manager Jason Behrmann’s opening speech: “Making the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Galt.”