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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Rick Armendariz, (209) 652-1820
Release Date: Friday, May 30, 2014, 4:35:00 PM

Honoring Our Fallen

Modesto, CA – The last phase of the Fallen Officer Memorial monument was put in place on Thursday morning.  It is a bronze statue of a kneeling officer paying respect to those who lost their lives in the line of duty. 


Every year in the United States, over 100 police officers die in the line of duty serving their communities.  The loss of these officers not only devastates local communities but also the lives of their friends, families and co-workers.  Our own community has felt this devastation. 


On May 21, 1973, Modesto Police Officer Leo “Bobby” Volk was in pursuit of a fugitive vehicle when a car pulled out in front of him.  He swerved to avoid a collision, losing control of the vehicle.  He died later at the hospital. 


On July 29, 2002, Modesto Police Sergeant Steve May was assisting other officers in searching for a stolen vehicle.  The stolen vehicle suddenly rammed Sergeant May’s vehicle.  Sergeant may was catastrophically injured and died seven years later, never having regained consciousness. 


This monument honors both Officer Leo Volk and Sergeant Steve May. 


Thanks to the generosity of the community, we were able to raise enough money to complete both phases of the monument.


If you have any information regarding criminal activity, please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.  Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.


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