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January 24, 2018

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March 1, 2013
Tragedy is beyond an understatement. Butch, words cannot express what you have done for my family and me. Now, one of my greatest regrets is that I never attempted to formulate them when I had the chance. You saved our lives. My deepest condolences go out to the Baker family, and I will try my damnedest to make it to the service next Thursday.
-Phil
March 1, 2013
My thoughts and prayers for your family, and I really thank you for you wonderful job in SCPD. As a Police Officer wife's this loss hits me really bad. May God will give the streght for your family. RIP
March 1, 2013
May God Bless the families. Thank you for sharing with us, to keep us safe. We respect the people who put their lives on the line and pray for the safety of all who do.
March 1, 2013
The death of two detectives in Santa Cruz California on Tuesday brings heavy hearts to us.
What were the chances of the only two detectives we knew in Santa Cruz being the only two in Santa Cruz California that had ever been killed in the line of duty.
It was on the day that our son Todd died in June of 2011 that we first talked to the Homicide Detectives. Because there was a question of foul play when Todd was found on the highway with no identification, his death was handled by detectives Baker and Butler. I remember asking Detective Butler if she had any children, and telling her to give them an extra hug when she got home. I remember the kindness and unhurried time Detective Baker spent with us. He offered to take us to the scene of the accident. He told us of how he had reconstructed Todd's last hours. As he pointed out the place where our son had fallen, and how he had pieced together his last hours, we were sure Todd, a lover of Philip Marlow tales, would have appreciated Detective Bakers skills.
Detective Baker had just finished up a similar case, and a couple of days later he was with another grieving mother who had an injured son. Yet the detectives made us feel as if our case was the only case they were working on. Their sympathy and care to rule out foul play in the accidental death of our son was a comfort at a very difficult and heartbreaking time. In a world where there are many people who do not go the extra mile in their work Detectives Baker and Butler were caring, professional and made us feel that what happened to our son mattered to them. I am grateful I told them in person and in a follow up letter how much their care and good were appreciated. Detective Baker said that he knew how important it was to the families. He even apologized that the coroner needed to have Todd body from the neck up so we could not donate his eyes. I take this opportunity to tell their families too. I know how I cherish hearing “Todd” stories.
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