Flags at Half Staff for Ricky Del Fiorentino

Flags flew at half-mast through­out Men­do­cino County yes­ter­day in honor of Ricky Del Fiorentino, the Men­do­cino County sheriff’s deputy who was killed Wednes­day while pur­su­ing an armed and dan­ger­ous sus­pect. Peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and state offi­cials have been mourn­ing the loss of one of the area’s finest.

Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown’s office issued a state­ment that said: Deputy Del Fiorentino was killed uphold­ing the oath he swore: To pro­tect his com­mu­nity. We extend our deep­est con­do­lences to deputy Del Fiorentino’s fam­ily, friends and cowork­ers and to the com­mu­nity of Fort Bragg.” He said Capi­tol flags would also be flown at half-mast in his honor. Medon­cino County Sher­iff Tom All­man says, “The Men­do­cino County Com­mu­nity has reached out to Ricky’s fam­ily and the Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office in ways which I can­not explain with­out get­ting emotional.”

An account has been set up at the Sav­ings Bank of Men­do­cino County for dona­tions for Del Fiorentino’s fam­ily. A memo­r­ial ser­vice is planned at 10 a.m. Wednes­day, March 26, at Fort Bragg High School, where he was a wrestling coach.