Owen memorial

IN OWEN’S HONOR — This is an artist’s rendering of the planned memorial for sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen, which will be in the Lancaster park named after him. Owen was shot to death in 2016 in the line of duty.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tues­day will consider al­lo­cating up to $245,000 to the city of Lancaster for the Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park Plaza Project.

Owen, 53, was shot to death Oct. 5, 2016, after re­spond­ing to a call re­porting a burglary in progress at an apartment complex in Lan­caster.

Owen was a 29-year Sher­iff’s Department vet­er­an who had spent nearly 25 years working in the An­telope Valley as a patrol dep­uty, gang detective, school liaison deputy and a detective at the Palm­dale Sheriff’s Station be­fore being promoted to ser­geant and working with Lancaster Sheriff’s Sta­tion deputies on patrol and with Lancaster’s anti-bur­glary unit.

An accomplished horse­man, he also was a mem­ber of the Sheriff’s De­part­ment mounted unit.

The design for the pro­posed memorial was an­nounced last spring during a City Council meeting.

The memorial will feat­ure a horse without a rider, sadd­led with backwards boots in the stirrups to ac­know­ledge all of those who have been lost in the line of duty,

The proposed project will include landscaping and irrigation, and paving around  the perimeter of the memorial.

The total estimated proj­ect cost will be fully fund­ed by excess funds av­ail­able to Supervisor Kath­ryn Barger’s Fifth Su­per­vis­or­ial District.

The Board of Su­per­vi­sors meeting is sched­uled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Ken­neth Hahn Hall of Ad­min­is­tra­tion, 500 West Temple St. in downtown Los An­gel­es. Antelope Valley res­i­dents can watch the pro­ceed­ings and testify via a video-conferencing hook­up in the Anna Davis Com­munity Room at the Lan­caster Library, 601 West Lancaster Blvd.

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