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Citrus Heights News Briefs: Sunday Funday, swearing-in, obituaries

Sunday Funday, CItrus Heights
Sunday Funday was held on Sept. 23, 2018, at Rusch Park. (See more photos)

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Latest local news briefs include recognition of slain Deputy Mark Stasyuk by Citrus Heights leaders, obituaries of two local residents, photos from Sunday Funday, and three new police executives being formally sworn in.

Citrus Heights mayor closes meeting with moment of silence for slain deputy
A moment of silence was held at the close of Thursday’s City Council meeting to honor Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 17th. The deputy had ties to Citrus Heights, being a graduate of San Juan High School and his younger sister currently attending Sylvan Middle School.

Councilman Bret Daniels also requested during the meeting that the city manager look into working with school district officials to put up a “fitting memorial” at the school for the deputy. He was joined by Councilman Al Fox in making the request, with Fox further recommending that the City look into working with neighborhood associations to potentially assist with funding.

Obituaries: Two local women among recent departures
Alice Boulos, 87, passed away peacefully in her home on Sept. 23, according to an obituary published in the Sacramento Bee on Friday. Boulos was born in Egypt in 1931 and immigrated to the United States on July 4, 1977, along with her husband and three children. She taught preschool and served as a director at two childcare centers for over two decades, followed by her move to Citrus Heights and retirement in 2001. Her obituary describes her as being “passionate about her Christian faith and devoted to her family.” A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 1, at East Lawn Mortuary, located at 5757 Greenback Ln. (See obituary)

Another resident, 68-year-old Sonya Mae Dillon, passed away on Sept. 9. An obituary published in the Sacramento Bee last week said she was an active member of Pioneer Baptist Church on Old Auburn Road and was “a giver to others in need and enjoyed life to the fullest.” (See obituary)

New Citrus Heights police executives formally sworn in
Thursday’s City Council meeting began with formal swearing in of three members of the Citrus Heights Police Department’s new executive team. Assistant Chief of Police Gina Anderson, along with Commanders Jason Russo and Alex Turcotte were all administered the oath of office by Police Chief Ron Lawrence.

The two commanders were promoted to their new positions from their prior rank of lieutenant, while Anderson was promoted from commander to the newly created position of Assistant Chief of Police. The two commander positions were both vacant, due to Anderson’s promotion and the retirement of Commander Daman Christensen. All three have been serving in their new positions for at least one month, but were formally sworn in during the Sept. 27 council meeting. For context, see prior story: Citrus Heights now has two new police commanders

More briefly:

  • Flu shots. Free flu shots will be offered at the Citrus Heights Community Center on Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (See more)
  • Centennial. The Friends Church celebrated 100 years in Citrus Heights with an event on Saturday, with plans to continue the celebration on Sunday. (See prior story)
  • Homeless students. The Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team hosted its first “Student Connect” event on Saturday at Advent Lutheran Church. (See prior story)
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