Sergeant Steve Owen
Sergeant Steve Owen Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: Jeanne Osias PO 5552 Community Outreach Kelly Hartill PO 6274 Police Academy Michael Fales Det 1213 6th Squad Michael Coyne PO 6169 5th Pct The following article was written by Detective Mike Fales of the 6th Squad. THE BROTHERHOOD FOR THE FALLEN embarked on its inaugural trip to honor Sgt. Steven Owen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept who was shot and killed. He was a 29 year veteran that was shot on a burglary call and then executed as lay on the ground. The organization sent four officers to the funeral in Lancaster California on October 13, 2016. P.O. Mike Coyne - 5th Pct, P.O. Kelly Harthill - In Service Training, P.O. Jeanne Osias - 1st Pct, and Det. Mike Fales - 6th Squad. JET BLUE in its generosity allowed the four officers to fly round trip to the funeral free of charge. JET BLUE's generosity and treatment of law enforcement is unparalleled. When we arrived at the funeral the quietness of thousands of officers was overwhelming. Suffolk Police was asked to join the Honor Guard that escorted the hearse and the casket. There were representatives from California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Maryland, Chicago, Florida and NYC PD. There were over 100 mounted police officers and over 100 motorcycles from different agencies. The motorcade went back for miles as far as the eye could see. It was a solemn day as the sole bag piper played, the 21 gun salute rang out, four helicopters flew over and the bugler played taps outside the church. As we walked around outside the church, and officers saw that we were from Suffolk County New York, many stopped to shake our hand and thank us for making the 3000 mile journey. They were amazed that New York was in California. We brought a check from the Brotherhood of the Fallen for $500 that went right to the Owen family on behalf of our organization. Your membership dues of $2 a check is vital to keep this cause going. We do this to pay respect to the officer who was killed doing the job that each of us does everyday. We are showing the officer's family and their department that we support them during this difficult time. The solidarity when an officer is killed in the line of duty is felt across the fifty states. It shows the world that we care and we are willing to sacrifice our time and stand in formation for one of our own. We stood there in uniform proud to be representing the SCPD and the Brotherhood for the Fallen organization. By volunteering, we gave up time from our busy lives and families and used our own time to be a part of this three day journey. It was alot of hustle and bustle and traveling to be on time. This is not a sightseeing vacation or a out of state party. It is a commitment to represent the department and the organization in a professional manner and pay respect to the fallen officer. Please consider joining the Brotherhood For The Fallen organization. This is the LA news coverage of the funeral where Det. Mike Fales was interviewed. Thank you, Jeanne, Kelly, Michael and Michael, for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as members of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.