Slain Deputy Honored

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 3, 2006

The ceremony at Raley Field drew thousands of law enforcement officers from around the state.

During services, Chaplain Frank Russell with the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy in Sacramento said although it’s a sad time, it’s also one of solidarity. 

"We see the thousands of uniforms from various departments around our state and the West that are here to honor one that has fallen and we pledge not to forget."

Sheriff John McGinness paid tribute to Mitchell’s family including his wife Crystal and 6-year-old son Jake. 

"You have played an active role in shaping a man who served his community with honor and selflessness. He has made the ultimate sacrifice and we all know you are suffering the ultimate loss."

A longtime friend of Mitchell – Doug Thurman – remembered the deputy as someone who was always upbeat and smiling for no apparent reason.  

"He was more than a friend and I’m going to take a lot of things away from him. I’m going to try to smile for no reason. I’m going to try to be a better husband and father because there was no better than him."

Mitchell was gunned down during a traffic stop last week. He was 38-years old.

Police are still looking for his killer but investigators say they’ve found DNA evidence that could help them find the suspect.