Officer Down

SSD Deputy Larry Canfield - EOW:11/12/08

On November 12, 2008, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Canfield (5M5) was killed in the line of duty. Deputy Canfield was working traffic enforcement as a motorcyle officer for the City of Rancho Cordova, a SSD contract city. Deputy Canfield was travelling on Coloma Road when he was struck by an errant driver. Deputy Canfield suffered very severe injuries and despite massive rescue efforts, passed away a short time later. Larry is survived by his wife and children.

Larry Canfield had been with SSD for the past 13 years after having served his country for many years as a member of the U.S. Army. Larry was always a positive and smiling person who enjoyed his job tremendously and whose good spirits rubbed off on everyone he worked with. Larry was a stand up, good person in all walks of life. Larry will be sorely missed by all of us here who worked with and around him and the Law Enforcement family will also feel the sting of another great cop being taken from us much too soon. Our department has had a rough ride over the past four years with 5 deputies having lost their lives in the protection of the public they served.

It is a grim reminder of how dangerous the job of a cop, soldier or firefighter can be. We walk out of the house to begin our shift or tour and never know if the kisses and “I love you’s” will be the final ones. Our families along with ourselves, know this risk and yet we still take it on everyday to try and make the world a little bit safer for everyone else. We fully know and understand things may not end well, but still we load up and go. Regardless of what you think of cops, if you see one today having lunch or grabbing a coffee, tell them “thanks and be safe”. You have no idea how much that means to us who do this day in and day out.

To the Canfield family, my family and the CFC family extend our deepest condolences and sympathies. You are not alone during the tragic time and we will help in any way we can.

Larry, we will sorely miss you. Rest in peace and Godspeed, brother.

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