SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - "The events of Feb. 26, 2013, marked the single darkest day in the history of the Santa Cruz Police Department," said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel.
February 26, 2014, was an anniversary.marked with rain drops and tear drops.
They came to remember Loran "Butch" Baker and Elizabeth Butler at the Santa Cruz Police Department.
The two detectives were on a routine follow-up call at the home of Jeremy Goulet. Goulet opened fire on the officers. Once they were down, Goulet took their guns and fired more rounds, killing them both. Goulet was soon confronted by more officers.Following more gunfire, only one block away from the original crime scene--- he was shot and killed.
Wednesday, on one side were Santa Cruz police officers, on the other, a grateful community.
"It is especially this commitment that defines our character together and that is where we hold dear the spirit of Butch and Elizabeth, that is how we have them with us forever," said Mayor Lynn Robinson who spoke at the podium.
For Anna Saucedo, it's personal. Before her death, Butler was investigating a case involving the custody of Saucedo's son.
"We actually had a meeting, that evening she was killed, at 6 o'clock and I had been waiting for a telephone call and I had not known she was killed," Saucedo said.
Butch Baker was Colleen McMahon's training officer. She was on duty the day he died.
"Butch came on the radio and said everything was OK and very shortly after we got a call that shots had been fired --not from Butch but from a neighbor," McMahon remembers. "The whole world just changed right at that minute."
One year later--friends, family and colleagues have adjusted but haven't forgotten. Not the officers. Not how much they sacrificed.
"Butch and Elizabeth, thank you forever," Robinson concluded.
Chief Vogel honored the two officers retiring their badge numbers.