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Community honors Roy Marcum, animal control officer killed in Galt

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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 am

Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum, who was killed in the line of duty in Galt last year, was honored with a dedication of a bronze memorial plaque this week.

Members of the community, including animal shelter staff, members of the Board of Supervisors, county leadership and animal control officers from cities in the region gathered at the City of Sacramento Animal Shelter in his honor Thursday.

“Today is an important day for our shelter, a day we will remember forever,” Dave Dickinson, animal shelter director, said at the event “We will remember Roy for his humor, his friendship  ... his easygoing way with people and his compassion for animals.”

County Supervisor Don Nottoli spoke on behalf of his fellow supervisors, stating: “Officer Marcum was dedicated to the people of Sacramento County and to the welfare of the animals within it. And we commend all of you for your dedication in the work you do for the county.”

Tina Marcum, Roy’s wife, and children, Jackie and Roy Jr., revealed the bronze plaque by removing a black drape.

The public can view the Marcum Memorial Plaque in the courtyard at the Sacramento County Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road, one mile south of Highway 50, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. on the weekends.

Marcum, who lived in Galt, will be recognized nationally with the R.D. “Bob” Ward Memorial Posthumous Award from the National Animal Control Association in Atlanta next week. Dr. Ward was a Texas pioneer among who strove for professionalism in the animal control field.

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