Purple Heart awarded to family of Sgt. Art Koch
FAIRFIELD — A man who was all heart was awarded the law enforcement Purple Heart on Saturday, 30 years after he was killed in the line of duty.
About 150 people gathered at the Art Koch Range & Training Facility to honor Sgt. Art Koch, a five-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department who was shot responding to a disturbance call on Berkeley Way.
The 34-year-old father of three was finishing his last shift as a patrol officer on July 28, 1984. He lay wounded by his car for about 20 minutes before paramedics and firefighters were able to rescue him. He died a few hours later.
“Father in heaven, your word says there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another,” said Joseph Prudhomme, senior law enforcement chaplain, during the invocation.
While several years have passed, Prudhomme said Koch’s sacrifice would never be forgotten. He also prayed for healing for Koch’s family and friends.
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Fire, Police departments bring awareness to domestic violence
FAIRFIELD — The second annual Dunk Domestic Violence basketball game between Fairfield police and firefighters Saturday at the Armijo High School Gym drew enthusiastic supporters.
Proceeds from the game will go to support SafeQuest Solano, an organization that helps provide education, prevention, intervention and advocacy for victims of violence and sexual assault.
“Last year Chief Walt Tibbett came to us with this idea to help bring awareness to domestic violence,” Toni Dumont, executive director of SafeQuest Solano, said. “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we thought it would be perfect.”
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New Solano jail a high-tech marvel
FAIRFIELD — Solano County is the proud owner of a new, $89-million, high-tech, sprawling building constructed for a population that won’t want to use it.
The county in recent weeks put finishing touches on the 365-bed Stanton Correctional Facility on Clay Bank Road. Inmates could begin moving into the jail this month.
“It’s new and shiny – but it’s maximum-security and all that that entails,” Sheriff Thomas Ferrara said.
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New K-9 joins sheriff's ranks
Superman's canine cohort Krypto travelled to Earth from the otherworldly Krypton.
Now the super dog's namesake has found his way to the floors of the Solano County jail.
Krypto, an energetic border collie and black labrador mix, is a brand-new member of the Solano County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. Just one year old, he's responsible for patrolling the jails in Solano County with his handler, correctional officer Russel Lopez.
Lopez and Krypto were certified two weeks ago to search areas of the jail for contraband: narcotics, cell phones, anything that poses a threat to the safety of inmates and officers in the jail.
The last dog to work in the jail, DUI (pronounced "duey") retired when his handler Brandi Aguilar was promoted to deputy sheriff six