Oroville, Calif. -- The Butte County Sheriff's Office hosted its annual ceremony Wednesday afternoon to honor the deputies who were killed in the line of duty.
Dozens of community members and family gathered on a brisk afternoon to remember fallen deputies from the Butte County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Randy Jennings, Deputy Bill Hunter and Lieutenant Larry Estes were remembered.
The ceremony began with a flag presentation by the honor guard. The chaplain then opened with a prayer and a tribute.
"It's just an amazing thing that the Sheriff's Office still honors all the deputies after all these years. It means a lot to the families," said Brian Estes, the son of Lieutenant Larry Estes.
According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, on July 26, 2001, Deputy Bill Hunter was dispatched to a dispute between a landlord and tenant and called Lieutenant Larry Estes for back up. Hunter and Estes attempted to make contact with the tenant involved in the dispute, a gun battle ensued and they were both killed, along with the subject.
"I think the thing for our family that makes it easier for us to go on is that he brought closure to the situation and did his job right to the very end," said Estes.
Lieutenant Estes' memory will continue to live on with his fellow deputies who continue his line of work.
"Every single day they're out there I wish them the best and to be safe and really just to guard themselves," said Estes.
"When we hold this ceremony now, that's one of the reasons as sheriff I want to continue this tradition, it's important we continue to honor them, remember their sacrifice," said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.
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