A baton containing the names of Nevada peace officers killed in the line of duty ended its week-long trek across the Silver State in the hands of Carson City deputies on Wednesday.
Escorted by the Nevada Highway Patrol, Douglas County officers picked up the symbolic baton at Highway 395 and State Route 208 in southern Douglas County and carried on, switching off in teams and solo runners, to the Silver City RV Park in north Minden. They then handed the baton off to members of the Carson City Sheriff's SWAT who ran the final leg of the 113-leg run to the Nevada Peace Officer Memorial downtown.
Every year, law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the run as a way to honor fallen officers.
The baton began its seven-day, 450-mile run from Las Vegas to Carson City on April 28.
Today at noon the baton will be run into the Legislative Plaza by a Carson City SWAT escort for the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony, where four new names will be added to the permanent memorial there honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Among the honorees will be the state's lone officer killed this year, Nye County Sheriff's Deputy Ian Michael Deutch.
Deutch, 28, was shot and killed April 26, 2010, as he and another deputy responded to a Pahrump casino where a woman had fled to after being shot at during a domestic disturbance.
When Deutch and his partner arrived the man opened fire on them striking Deutch three times in the abdomen. A third deputy returned fire and killed the suspect.
Deutch, a member of the Nevada Army National Guard, had been home just two days from a deployment to Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, two brothers, and two sisters.
Other names being added to the memorial are:
Reno Police Officer Harry Brown killed Sept. 26, 1905; Reno Police Officer Wilson Fugate killed July 2, 1939; and Washoe County Sheriff's Deputy Harry Swaney killed Aug. 12, 1935.詝