Deputies at the South Los Angeles Sheriff’s station held a lunchtime fundraiser Tuesday for the Dallas Police Department after a former deputy was killed in last week’s ambush.
Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens worked for the sheriff’s department former Lennox station as a dispatcher from April 1991 through August 2007.
He then transferred to the Lancaster station before leaving for Dallas in 2002.
President Barack Obama mentioned Ahrens during a memorial for the slain officers on Tuesday, saying that he bought dinner for a homeless man the night before he died.
Capt. Merrill Landheim described Ahrens as a “fantastic guy” and a “good friend to have.”
“A big man with an even bigger heart,” he said.
Deputy Tim Crise, who worked with Ahrens, called the officer a “genuine, humble human being.”
Everybody who worked here during his time here has found memories of him, as they should. He was just a genuine, humble human being,” Crise said.
Ahrens is survived by a wife and two kids, ages 8 and 10.