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Lake Forest dedicates ball fields to four of its fallen heroes – Orange County Register

Lake Forest dedicates ball fields to four of its fallen heroes – Orange County Register

Lake Forest took time earlier than the kickoff of the autumn Little League season to dedicate baseball fields at Heroes Park to honor four fallen native heroes who have been killed within the line of their army or regulation enforcement duties.

In a shifting 30-minute ceremony held on Sunday morning, Sept. 9, metropolis officers memorialized Deputy Darryn L. Robins, Deputy Bradley J. Riches, Military Specialist Justin W. Pollard and Military Cpl. Matthew Okay. S. Swanson, who made the last word sacrifice for his or her group and nation.

  • Giant identify plate on the backstop a Heroes Park baseball area identifies the sector as Deputy Bradley J. Riches Subject in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. The three different “Fields of Heroes” have been named after OCSD Deputy Darryn Robins, Military Spc. Justin Pollard and Military Cpl. Matthew Swanson. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Retired OCSD sergeants Ray Ulmer, left, and Aaron Richard, proper, pose for a photograph with Mildred Fisher, the mom of their former associate, Deputy Darryn Robins at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. They stand subsequent the house plate-shaped plaque that names a baseball area at after Deputy Robins who who died December 1993 throughout an on-duty coaching mishap. The occasion was held to identify “Fields of Heroes” to honor two Orange County SheriffÕs Deputies and two Military troopers killed whereas serving their communities and nation. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The house plate-shaped plaque names a baseball subject for Military Military Cpl. Matthew Swanson throughout a ceremony at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. The three different “Fields of Heroes” have been named after Orange County sheriff’s Deputies Darryn Robins and Bradley Riches and Military Spc. Justin Pollard. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The house plate-shaped plaque names a baseball subject for Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Darryn Robins, who died December 1993 throughout an on-duty coaching mishap. The “Fields of Heroes” ceremony was held at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. The three different fields have been named after Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Bradly Riches, Military Spc. Justin Pollard and Military Cpl. Matthew Swanson. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The house plate-shaped plaque names a baseball area the Justin W. Pollard Area as half of a The “Fields of Heroes” ceremony was held at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. The three different fields have been named after OCSD deputies Bradly Riches and Darryn Robins, and Military Cpl. Matthew Swanson. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The household of U.S. Military Spc. Justin Pollard take pictures of the house plate-shaped plaque names a baseball subject Spc. Pollard throughout a ceremony at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. The occasion was held to honor two Orange County SheriffÕs Deputies and two Military troopers killed whereas serving their communities and nation. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Vanessa Robins Ratliff, middle, and Mildred Fisher, proper, have their photograph taken subsequent the house plate-shaped plaque that names a baseball subject after their brother and son, OCSD Deputy Darryn Robins, who died December 1993 throughout an on-duty coaching mishap, after a ceremony to identify “Fields of Heroes” after four Lake Forest heroes at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. Every of the four baseball fields on the park have been named after a Lake Forest hero who died whereas serving their nation and group. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Retired OCSD sergeants Aaron Richard, left, and Ray Ulmer, middle, converse with OCSD Undersheriff Don Barnes, proper at a ceremony to dedicate “Fields of Heroes” at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018 to honor two Orange County SheriffÕs Deputies and two Military troopers killed whereas serving their communities and nation. Richard and Ulmer have been former companions of Deputy Darryn Robins, who died December 1993 throughout an on-duty coaching mishap. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Sheriff’s Group of Lively Retired Seniors (STARS) put their palms over their hearts throughout a singing of the Nationwide Anthem at a ceremony to dedicate “Fields of Heroes” at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. Every of the four baseball fields have been named after a Lake Forest hero who died whereas serving their nation and group. The heroes are OCSD Deputies Darryn Robins and Bradley Riches and Military troopers Spc. Justin Pollard and Cpl. Matthew Swanson. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The house plate-shaped plaque names a baseball subject for Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Riches, who was killed within the line of obligation on June 12, 1999, throughout a ceremony at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. The three different fields have been named after OCSD Deputy Darryn Robins, Military Spc. Justin Pollard and Military Cpl. Matthew Swanson. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mildred Fisher, left, and Vanessa Robins Ratliff, the mom and sister of Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Darryn Robins, who died December 1993 throughout an on-duty coaching mishap, bow their heads throughout a ceremony to identify a baseball subject in his honor at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. Every of the four baseball fields on the park have been named after a Lake Forest hero who died whereas serving their nation and group. The opposite heroes have been Orange County sheriffÕs Deputy Bradley Riches and Military Spc. Justin Pollard and Military Cpl. Matthew Swanson. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A army shade guard and an Orange County Sheriff’s mounted unit current the colours throughout a ceremony to dedicate “Fields of Heroes” at Heroes Park in Lake Forest on Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018. Every of the four baseball fields have been named after a Lake Forest hero who died whereas serving their nation and group. The heroes are Orange County sheriffÕs deputies Darryn Robins and Bradley Riches and Military troopers Spc. Justin Pollard and Cpl. Matthew Swanson. (Photograph by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Every of the park’s four baseball fields was devoted in honor of one of the four males. An indication bearing the person’s identify was mounted on the again fence and a bronze plaque marker – within the form of a house plate – was positioned within the floor behind the backstop with an inscription and identify of the fallen hero.

Deputy Darryn L. Robins

Robins was a seven-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Division. After working within the Central Jail for four years he started a patrol profession for the town of Lake Forest in 1990. He labored with the youth by talking within the elementary faculties and performing a rap model of “Officer Friendly.” The youngsters dubbed him Deputy “Rappin Robins.”

“It’s bitter sweet to be here today,” stated Robins’ mom, Mildred, of Los Angeles. “You never get over your loss, but Orange County has gone over and above for us. I’ve lost a son, but I’ve gained a family.”

Robbins died in an on-duty coaching accident in 1993.

Deputy Bradley J. Riches

Riches started his regulation enforcement profession in 1989 as an O.C. Sheriff’s Division particular officer. A yr later, he was awarded the Medal of Braveness after wrestling a gun away from a distraught particular person. In 1991, he turned a sworn deputy and labored within the jail system till 1998. He then started patrol obligation in Lake Forest in 1998. He was killed throughout an ambush assault in 1999.

‘On the time of his passing, he was engaged on creating a wall of honor for fallen O.C. deputies, by no means considering that his identify can be added to the listing someday,”  Undersheriff Don Barnes stated. “I can’t think of a better location to honor these deputies than on this baseball field. We can never forget these heroes.”

Specialist Justin W. Pollard

Pollard, a US Military specialist from Foothill Ranch, enlisted within the Military shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults on the USA. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, third Armored Cavalry Regiment based mostly in Fort Carson, Colo., earlier than he was deployed to Iraq. He  He was killed whereas serving his nation in Iraq in 2003.

“Kids will now be able to look at Justin’s plaque and learn something,” stated Invoice Pollard, Justin’s father. “It helps with the grieving course of figuring out his identify will encourage individuals. Justin performed Little League on these fields and Little League is America, and having his identify up there’s particular.

“I’d give it all back to have him here, but my wife, Sue, and I are a faith-based family and we made a decision not to hide, but be proactive and move forward with our lives,” Invoice Pollard stated. “It’s not just about Justin, it’s about all of the patriots of our country.”

Cpl. Matthew Okay. S. Swanson

Swanson, a US Military corporal from Lake Forest, was assigned to the third Brigade Fight Staff and was a member of the 10th Mountain Division based mostly in Fort Drum, NY, when he was deployed to Afghanistan. He died in a car accident whereas conducting mountain operations in 2009.

“It’s really cool that the city recognized my son, especially on these baseball fields where he played Little League with his brother,” stated Jeff Swanson, Matthew’s father and a retired US Air Drive grasp sergeant. “I’m proud of Matthew, and it helps to know his memory will live on and perhaps help other young kids.”

The ceremony, attended by native dignitaries, army and regulation enforcement representatives and the ballplayers and their households, included a presentation of the Colours by the US Military Honor Guard and the O.C. Mounted Colour Guard. O.C. Sheriff Explorer Capt. Chaney Lieberman sang the nationwide anthem. The ceremony additionally included a 3 rifle volley and the enjoying of “Taps.”

“This dedication has been a long time in the making,” Mayor Jim Gardner stated. “These folks are the real heroes and we learn that ‘freedom is not free,’ but we are here today to celebrate our fallen heroes, our brothers.”

Because the ceremony got here to an in depth, 12-year-old Little Leaguer Landon Stewart, of the Saddleback Cowboys, summed up the day’s occasions: “It’s important to honor the people that help and protect us.”

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