Officials Pay Tribute to Fallen Deputy Jeremiah MacKay
YUCAIPA, Calif. (KTLA) — San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies are paying tribute to Jeremiah MacKay, the deputy killed in the final gun battle with Christopher Dorner.
Flags flew at half-staff Friday for MacKay, who spent the last two years at the Yucaipa substation.
MacKay was one of two deputies hit during a shootout at a Seven Oaks cabin where Dorner was holed up on Tuesday.
Both deputies were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where MacKay later died from his wounds.
MacKay, 35, worked with the sheriff’s department for 15 years.
Thursday, his body was taken in a flag draped casket from the coroner’s office to a nearby mortuary in San Bernardino.
MacKay leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter and a four-month-old baby boy.
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Captain Lee Hamblin visited with Mackay’s family Friday.
“They’re coping as well as anyone could in this situation, they have a great support base with family and friends,” Hamblin said.
As MacKay’s family and friends try to cope with the loss, Hamblin said he’s grateful that Dorner is dead.
“I’m glad it’s over, but I think the price we paid was way too high. It’s horrible, it’s certainly the worst experience I’ve ever encountered in my 31 years of law enforcement.”