Officer Kevin A. Tonn, Galt Police Department (CA)

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We honor Officer Kevin Tonn of Galt, CA. EOW 1/15/2013.  Weremember the life and service of a brother in blue who sacrificed himself in the pursuit of safeguarding his community. Not only was Officer Tonn a law enforcement officer but also a military veteran. He dedicated his life to the service of others and we will always be grateful for him and those like him. Heroes come in all forms. Without question, Galt PD certainly lost one a little more than 2 years ago. Thank you brother for what you did and how you lived. We appreciate your effort to keep us all safe in our homeland. Rest easy now. Blue Skies.

Police Officer Kevin Tonn was fatally shot on 1/15/13 by Humphrey Gasconafter the two had an extended physical struggle. Gascon then turned his weapon on himself.  Tonnresponded to what he believed was a burglary call.  Tonn, 35, arrived and saw a door kicked in, but the suspect had left. However, as officers were interviewing witnesses, they observed a subject, later identified as Gascon, walking along the railroad tracks just north of their location. He matched the ethnicity and age range given for the suspect.Tonn went to contact Gascon to question him about the burglary. Soon after he made contact, the struggle ensued. Additional officers observed the struggle and responded toassist.During the struggle, Gascon pulled a handgun and fired one round at Tonn, striking him in the head, before turning and firing several more shots at a responding officer.Gascon then turned the gun on himself,Gascon was pronounced dead at the scene and his body left there all day and into the night while officers processed the scene. Tonnwas transported to Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento, where he died hours later. The Roseville native was laid to rest at a Sacramento Cemetery.

Some bio info prepared by Officer Kevin Tonn's family: In1990, the year prior to Kevin entering high school, his father, Will Tonn, attended the Sheriff's Academy and Kevin's uncle, Ed Tonn, was a Special Agent with California DOJ. There was no secret why Kevin became interested in law enforcement. When Kevin started high school in 1991, he joined the Roseville Police Explorers and thereby began his adventure of serving others. At the age of 19, Kevin enlisted in the Army and became a Military Policeman. Subsequent to his military service, Kevin was a sales representative for two building-materials companies. During that time, Kevin met numerous people, one of whom was instrumental in Kevin becoming a Firefighter at Fort Drum, N.Y. Also, during Kevin's 8+ years in New York, he was a volunteer fire fighter, rising to the rank of Asst. Chief. After approximately eight years in New York, Kevin moved back to California where he worked briefly as a Fire Prevention Officer for Sacramento. Kevin then bought & operated a letter & parcel shipping business. Due to a cooling economy and an abiding interest in law enforcement, Kevin sold his business, attended the Sacramento Sheriff's Academy, and eventually became a Galt Police Officer where he worked alongside his cousin, Jarrett Tonn. Kevin and Jarrett's dads are identical twins. Jarrett and many others have said that Kevin believed that having a job of helping and protecting people was the highest calling that someone could have. Kevin had been on the force for 3 1/2 years. During this time, Kevin was promoted to the K-9 unit. K-9 officers Yaro & Kevin were a very dynamic duo. Tragically, Kevin's "calling to serve" was abruptly ended when Kevin was mortally wounded in the line of duty.

 

Memorial Wraps™ will donate the charitable portion of the proceeds from the sale of Officer Tonn’s wraps to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund.

 

~30" Long x 3" Wide Heavy Duty Friction Wrist Wrap.  Memorial Wraps™ is an industry leader in durability, support and quality.  All of our wraps are hand-cut and hand-made with industrial grade cotton/canvas material, all logos and decoration are embroidered as a standard, high quality 4 thread over-lock serge border stitching and even our retention cord is made out of military grade paracord (will not rot, mildew or decay; the same para cord or "550" that we used when we jumped out of airplanes for a living).

 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Hand wash with mild soap/detergent and air dry.