LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to allocate $245,000 to the city of Lancaster to fund the Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park Plaza Project.
Owen was fatally shot in the line of duty on Oct. 5, 2016, after responding to a burglary-in-progress call in a Lancaster apartment complex.
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,
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.
“This plaza will be a meaningful tribute to honor the memory of Sergeant Steve Owen,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “I am grateful for the sacrifices made by law enforcement to protect our communities and I am appreciative of these opportunities to pay homage to their service.”
The project involves the construction of a memorial plaza, including the installation of an equine statue, landscaping and irrigation, and pavement. Construction will be fully funded with Proposition A Excess Funds from the Fifth Supervisorial District.
“We appreciate the support of Supervisor Kathryn Barger in saluting our fallen officers in the line of duty,” John Wicker, director of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, said. “We hope this plaza will serve as a place for the community to remember Sergeant Steve Owen.”