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Citrus Heights police cancel motorcycle competition to attend slain deputy’s memorial

Motorcycle competition at Sunrise Mall
File photo, an officer navigates through a myriad of cones set up in the Sunrise Mall parking lot during the 2015 Traffic Safety Day and Motorcycle Challenge in 2015.

Sentinel staff report–
The Citrus Heights Police Department’s annual Traffic Safety Day and Motorcycle Skills Challenge at Sunrise Mall has been cancelled in order to allow officers to attend the memorial service planned for Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk, who was shot to death on Sept. 17 while responding to a routine call for service in Rancho Cordova.

“As officers, the funeral of a fallen officer is one of the more important and solemn events we take part in,” CHPD Lieutenant Kris Frey said in a statement posted on the Sunrise Mall’s Facebook page on Friday.

The upcoming event was scheduled for Sept. 29 and was set to include a police motorcycle skills competition, a classic car show, and an extrication demo by Metro Fire, along with bounce houses, a bicycle rodeo and face painting for kids.

Lt. David Gutierrez told The Sentinel on Saturday there are no current plans to reschedule the 2018 safety and motorcycle event, but he said the event will return next year.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mark Stasyuk, the other injured deputy, the entire Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department & the community they serve. We mourn with you,” CHPD said in a posting on social media on the day of the shooting, accompanied by the hashtags: “heroes” and “ultimate sacrifice.”

Deputy Stasyuk’s memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 at Bayside Church Adventure Campus, located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Rd. in Roseville.

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