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On Feb. 26, 2013 in the City of Santa Cruz, Sgt. Butch Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler were killed in the line of duty. In the wake of this devastating tragedy, community members have asked what they can do to express their condolences and support for the families involved, members of the Santa Cruz Police Department, and other first responders. Here are suggestions offered by the SCPD, Police Officers Association, and City of Santa Cruz.

Out of respect for our fallen officers, all Branches of the Santa Cruz Public Library System will be open 3-7 pm on Thursday March 7. Programs scheduled prior to 3 pm are either canceled or will be rescheduled. Most city offices will be closed; please see the City of Santa Cruz website for details.

Information about the Memorial Service



All funds will be combined and will be shared equally with the Baker and Butler families on behalf of their children.

Bay Federal Credit Union:
Checks should be made payable to the Santa Cruz Police Officers Association
3333 Clares St.
Capitola, CA 95010


Baker Butler Scholarship Fund through Wells Fargo.
Go to any Wells Fargo branch and make a deposit to 9992451154

City of Santa Cruz is accepting donations mailed to:
809 Center Street
Room 101
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
To the attention of the Baker/Butler Scholarship Fund
The City will also take credit card donations during normal business hours at 831-420-5070 with no cost to donors.

Or go to the City web site at and make an online donation.


Address notes to “Family of Sgt. Butch Baker,” “Family of Elizabeth Butler,” or “SCPD”

Mail to: c/o SCPD
155 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Notes to Santa Cruz Firefighters:

230 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Notes to 9-1-1 Dispatch Center:

495 Upper Park Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

On Facebook:
Send a message and "Like" the Santa Cruz Police.


The Memorial Service has been moved to the HP Pavilion in San Jose at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in order to accommodate the anticipated large number of attendees.
The address of the HP Pavilion is: 525 W Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA [Driving directions]

For additional information about transportation options for getting to the Memorial Service, please see the Update on Alternative Memorial Service Viewing and Transportation Options press release (pdf).

There will be a live feed of the service shown here in Santa Cruz:

Kaiser Permanente Arena (Home of the Santa Cruz Warriors)
140 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Doors will open at 10:00 AM for memorial service viewing. The official uninterrupted broadcast from will begin at 11:00 AM.
There will be no tickets and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Del Mar Theater has graciously offered their main theatre in Downtown Santa Cruz as an alternate memorial viewing site. Their doors will open Thursday at 11:00 AM.

In addition, Community TV and local television networks have said they will carry the procession and service on their stations. KSBW has indicated they will stream the service live on their Website. For more information about alternate viewing options, please see the Santa Cruz Police Department Blog.

Memorial Procession

A procession of law enforcement and emergency response vehicles will depart for the memorial at 8:45am from the Boardwalk and proceed down Ocean Street to Highway 17 traveling at 30 miles per hour. Vehicles will not be allowed to pass the procession while traveling over Highway 17. There will be no parking on Ocean Street prior to and during the procession. To minimize traffic impacts, those attending the memorial or commuting to jobs over the hill are advised to leave no later than 7:45am before the procession begins. For more information, see's information page.



The Library has many valuable resources to help you and your children deal with this tragedy. Several are listed here and you are encouraged to visit your local branch and speak with staff about specific needs.

Tender Topics Book Kits:

Check out a maroon canvas bag containing resources that will help families with young children deal with tender topic such as death and grieving. One is bilingual. Each kit contains 5-10 books. They are available at any branch library or can be reserved online. For more information go to SCPL Tender Topics Kits.

Book Lists

Children's Books About Death



Locating Resources Dealing with Trauma and Grief through the Santa Cruz Public Libraries