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The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation and Donate Life California honor fallen officers

Donate Life Rose Ceremony Welcomes Donors’ Family Members in the Eureka Room at State Capitol on Monday, December 17, 2012

Sacramento, CA, December 17, 2012 – Thirty fallen California peace officers will be honored for their heroism at a special gathering Monday, December 17 in Sacramento by the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) in collaboration with Donate Life California (DLC). The officers’ family members have been invited to personalize memorial rose vials that will be ceremonially placed on the 2013 Donate Life Float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and seen live on television by millions of people worldwide. The Press Conference and Rose Dedication Ceremony will be held in the Eureka Room at the State Capitol on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

“Today we pay tribute to our fallen officers who gave their lives serving this great state – many of them continue giving the gift of life through organ donation,” said Kevin Mickelson, president of CPOMF. “We are pleased to partner with Donate Life California to highlight the importance of organ donation and honored to recognize our fallen heroes and their families for the sacrifices they made.”

CPOMF and DLC join more than 100 organizations and hundreds of individuals nationwide who will contribute dedicated roses to the Donate Life float, themed “Journeys of the Heart.” The tenth annual Donate Life Rose Parade float entry will transport 30 riders representing deceased organ, eye and tissue donors, living donors, and transplant recipients and feature a pathway of looping hearts lined with 72 memorial floragraph portraits of deceased donors.

The Donate Life Rose Ceremony will include several guest speakers, among them: Susan Moody, a widow of Officer Bradley Moody; Michael Lause, Officer Moody’s transplant recipient; Kevin Mickelson, president of CPOMF; and Lisa Stocks, president of DLC.

During the event, each officer’s family will be handed two rose vials with a special tag where the family can write a personal message to their loved one. One vial will be kept by the family as a keepsake, while the other will make its journey to Pasadena, where the vial, carrying a fresh rose, will be ceremonially placed on the Donate Life float a few days before the 124rd Rose Parade, which will be held on January 1, 2013.

“Many of these officers went on to become lifesaving organ and tissue donors,” noted DLC president Lisa Stocks. “We truly consider all of them to be heroes in life and death.”

Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is the nonprofit state authorized organ and tissue donor registry which records the decision to donate in a secure, confidential database that is searched by authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. It is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: Donor Network West , Sierra Donor Services, Lifesharing and OneLegacy. With support from donation and transplant organizations nationwide, One Legacy has coordinated the Donate Life Rose Parade Float campaign since it was unveiled January 1, 2003.

For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit the official float website at www.donatelifefloat.org.

For more information about the fallen officers of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 visit the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation Honor Roll at http://camemorial.org/hr_2001-2010.php and http://camemorial.org/hr_2011-present.php.

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