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Remembering Det. Jeremiah MacKay

deputy-mackayDet. Jeremiah MacKay, a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in the final gun battle with former cop Christopher Dorner.

MacKay, 35, worked with the sheriff’s department for 15 years. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

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A portion of State Highway Route 30 was dedicated on Wednesday to Jeremiah MacKay, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department detective who was killed by Christopher Dorner.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay in a photo shown during his memorial service.

MacKay died in a gun battle with the former Los Angeles Police Department officer, who was holed up in a cabin in the Big Bear area when the shootout took place on Feb. 12, 2013.

MacKay was at a “tremendous disadvantage” during the gunfight, but he “remained because it was his duty … to place his life at risk to stop an evil man,” San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon said following the incident.

Following his death, close friend and fellow Deputy Roger Loftis spoke about MacKay’s determination to find and confront Dorner.

“Jeremiah told me sometime back that he was going to catch that guy. Last time I talked to him, he told me that. And he did,” Loftis said.

The portion of State Highway Route 30 from post mile 24 to post mile 29 was dubbed the “Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Highway” during Wednesday’s ceremony at the Yucaipa Community Park Amphitheatre, located at 39900 Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa (map).

MacKay, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was survived by his wife Lynette, daughter Kaytlin, and son Cayden James, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

He attended Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, according to the San Bernardino County website.

“The signs will be a constant reminder of the dedication and sacrifice Detective MacKay gave to this community and the public as a whole. His memory will not be forgotten,” Sheriff McMahon stated in the news release.

 

A fundraiser is planned in Colton to benefit the family of slain San Bernardino Sheriff’s detective Jeremiah MacKay, was killed in a gun battle with rogue former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

deputy-mackayYUCAIPA, Calif. (KTLA) — Thousands of family, friends and law enforcement officers paid their last respects to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah MacKay Thursday.

Today, a special fundraiser is being held for the detective’s family.

The event will be held at the Yucaipa Dairy Queen on Yucaipa Boulevard and 5th Street.

The fundraiser begins at 4 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.

DEVORE, Calif. (KTLA) — Thousands attended an emotional final farewell on Thursday for San Bernardino sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay.

MacKay, 35, was killed in a gun battle with rogue former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner last week in Big Bear.

The motorcade from the mortuary in San Bernardino to the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore stretched for miles.

Thousands of cops and civilians from three states came to pay their respects to MacKay, who was a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s department.

It was a ceremony fit for a hero, with an honor guard, a riderless horse, a massive helicopter flyover and, of course, MacKay’s beloved bagpipes.

Co-workers said it was fitting that MacKay had spent the day before he died with his wife, Lynette, his daughter, 6-year-old Kaitlyn, and his 4-month-old son, Cayden.

“Lynette expressed her gratitude that her children were able to spend Monday with Jeremiah, because Tuesday he did not come home,” said San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon.

For days before that respite, MacKay had been patrolling in the mountains where he had grown up, searching for the fugitive Christopher Dorner.

MacKay had volunteered for the task, McMahon said, adding that he had approached the manhunt with “courage, tenacity and resolve.”

McMahon said MacKay was at a “tremendous disadvantage” during the gunfight, but that he “remained because it was his duty … to place his life at risk to stop an evil man.”

Close friend and fellow deputy Roger Loftis spoke about MacKay’s desire to find and confront Dorner during his murderous crime spree against cops and their families.

“Jeremiah told me sometime back that he was going to catch that guy. Last time I talked to him, he told me that. And he did,” Loftis said.

MacKay graduated from sheriff’s trainee to deputy sheriff on his 21st birthday. He later was promoted to detective, and was most recently stationed in Yucaipa.

MacKay was remembered as a “cop’s cop” with an infectious sense of humor.

Colleagues said he won the office ugly Christmas sweater contest and carried a pink Hello Kitty lunch bag. He was said to have the distinctive “laugh of someone who truly enjoyed life.”

Three times, speakers referred to the Bible verse John 15:13: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

McMahon said that MacKay “truly died so that others did not have to.”

His father, Alan MacKay, described his son as a protector who “wanted to intervene when somebody was hurting somebody else.”

“I think the reason Jeremiah was taken home… was that heaven needed a training officer,” he said.

“I trust in the Lord, because I know that I will see my son again,” he reflected. “See you later, Jeremiah.”

DEVORE, Calif. (KTLA) — A family who never met fallen Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah MacKay explain why they were moved to attend his funeral.

MacKay, 35, was killed in the line of duty last week during a shootout with rogue ex-LAP officer Christopher Dorner at a cabin in Seven Oaks.

MacKay was a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. He leaves behind a wife, Lynette, a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old baby boy.

-Lynette Romero reporting

YUCAIPA, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil for the San Bernardino sheriff’s deputy killed in the final gun battle with Christopher Dorner.

Family, friends and fellow officers gathered at the Yucapia Community Center to share their grief and memories of Jeremiah MacKay.

deputy-mackayMacKay, 35, was a husband and a father of two, as well as a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s department.

He was killed last Tuesday in a shootout with Dorner at a cabin in Seven Oaks, in the Big Bear area. One other deputy was wounded, but is expected to be OK.

A funeral service for MacKay will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, in San Bernardino.

You can watch the funeral live on KTLA and streaming live at KTLA.com.

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.”

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