Downed Officers’ Program

The Downed Officers’ Program was established to support families of fallen officers and to honor our heroes for their service and the ultimate sacrifice they made while serving and protecting their community.The BPF is committed to providing $500 to support the family of fallen officers in in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Kern County.

Your donation will help to support these families in their time of need.

2021 BPF Line of Duty Death Disbursements

Deputy Motor Sheriff Thomas Albanese
EOW – February 25, 2021

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

Officer Jose Luis Anzora
EOW – March 3, 2021

Los Angeles Police Department

Sergeant Dominic Vaca
EOW – May 31, 2021

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

2020 BPF Line of Duty Death Disbursements

Officer Andy Ornelas
EOW – December 2, 2020

CHP – Antelope Valley

2020 BPF Line of Duty Death Disbursements

Officer Greggory Casillas
EOW – March 9, 2018

Pomona Police Department

Sergeant Ron Helus

EOW – November 8, 2018

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department

Officer Toshio Hirai

EOW – November 15, 2018

Gardena Police Department

2017 BPF Line of Duty Death Disbursements

Officer Keith Lane Boyer
EOW – February 20, 2017

Whittier Police Department

2016 BPF Line of Duty Death Disbursements

Sergeant Steven C. Owen

EOW – October 5, 2016

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

Jonathan Matias DeGuzman
EOW – July 16, 2016

San Diego Police Department

Michael Jason Katherman

EOW – June 14, 2016

San Jose Police Department

Officer Nathan Taylor

EOW – March 13, 2016

CHP Gold Run Area

Deputy Sheriff Scott Ballantyne

EOW – February 10, 2016

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

2015 BPF Line of Duty Death Disbursements

Officer Ricardo Galvez

EOW – November 18, 2015

Downey Police Department

Officer Bryce Edward Hanes
EOW – November 5, 2015

San Bernardino Police Department

Sergeant Scott Paul Lunger

EOW – July 22, 2015

Hayward Police Department

Officer David Joseph Nelson

EOW – June 26, 2015

Bakersfield Police Department

Officer Michael Jeremiah Johnson
EOW – March 24, 2015

San Jose Police Department

Remembering Burbank’s Finest – EOW

Officer Matthew Pavelka

EOW 11/15/2003

On November 15, 2003, Officer Matthew Pavelka was killed while responding to Officer Gregory Campbell’s call for backup. Two male subjects exited their vehicle, they both alighted firing automatic weapons. Both officers were wounded and transported to a local hospital, where Officer Pavelka died during surgery. Officer Pavelka had been in the field as a police officer for just ten months. Officer Pavelka joined the Air Force after graduating from high School. He served for five years as Military Policeman, received an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and was intent on further-pursuing his education in his chosen field. Officer Pavelka was remembered by more than one of his fellow officers as a charming, light-hearted 26-year-old, with a crown of spiky orange hair, who loved being a cop.

Officer Richard E. Kunkle

EOW 9/22/1961

Officer Kunkle died at St. Joseph Hospital after remaining unconscious with brain injuries for four days following an accident on his motorcycle in Burbank. The accident occurred at the northeast corner of Palm Avenue and Victory Boulevard as he pursued a traffic violator. The officer struck a curb while trying to avoid hitting a car. Three months prior to his death, Officer Kunkle received a letter of commendation from the City of Los Angeles for rescuing a woman from a burning building while off duty. Officer Kunkle had one of the longest motorcycle active service records. He also served four years in Anchorage, Alaska, before coming to Burbank. He served in the armed forces during World War II. He was wounded at the Battle of Bulge.

Officer Joseph R. Wilson

EOW 6/17/1961

Officer Wilson was killed in a traffic accident while on duty. According to witnesses, Office Wilson had stopped for a red signal at the intersection of Buena Vista Street and Thornton Avenue. As he proceeded through the intersection, he was struck by a suspected drunk driver who had run a red light. Officer Wilson was one of the most popular men on the force. Assistant Police Chief, John McAuliffe, stated, “Officer Wilson was a superior officer and dedicated to his work, especially in traffic safety”. Officer Wilson was a Burbank Police officer for 3 ½ years.

Deputy City Marshal Robert L. Normand

EOW 7/30/1920

On July 30, 1920, Deputy City Marshal, Robert L. Normand, was on duty when he requested assistance from Constable, Henry Purrier, to check three men driving a vehicle with the lights out. The two officers stopped the vehicle at Third Street and Tujunga Avenue. As the officers approached the vehicle, the occupants began shooting. Marshal Normand was killed instantly. Marshal Normand served Burbank from February 21, 1914 until his death.

Deputy City Marshal Luther Colson

EOW 11/16/1914

On November 16, 1914, Deputy City Marshal, Luther Colson, was walking on the railroad tracks near what is now Victory Place and Lake Street. Several suspects started shooting at him from “The Willows.” Marshal Colson returned fire and after several shots, the suspects fled. Marshal Colson attempted to return to the downtown area, but he collapsed and was transported to a Burbank hospital where he later died.

K-9 Officer “Dickie”

Killed in the line of duty 1992

We have only had one K-9 killed in the line of duty; Officer Bragdon’s partner, Dickie. That was a tragic day for the Burbank Police Department, as well as the community. A canine officer and his K9 share good friendship and become great co-workers with a unique bond of loyalty that is impossible to describe. When an officer loses his K9 partner it can be devastating for the officer and his family and marks the end of an intense relationship that many say defies description.