Hero Celebrated with New Park Plaza

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG)  |  Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Susan Oliver (center), widow of Danny Oliver, helped unveil a monument to the slain officer at Eastern Oak Park. Sheriff Scott Jones and Supervisor Susan Peters spoke at the dedication. Oliver’s daughters Jennah and Melissa were among many family members present.
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Officer Danny Oliver. Photo courtesy Sacramento County Sheriffs Department

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A slain Carmichael/Arcade deputy has been memorialized by Mission Oak Park District. Last weekend, Eastern Oak Park dedicated a “Danny Oliver Plaza,” whose plaque recalls the officer’s tragic end of watch. His widow and daughters joined Sheriff Scott Jones in unveiling the plaza arch.

“As long as there is evil in this world, there must be brave men and women ready to step into the fire,” said Jones. A monument plaque proclaims Oliver as a golden rule adherent. “He treated the people on his calls as he would want his family to be treated,” says the inscription.

The plaza dedication came soon after undocumented immigrant Luis Bracamontes was found guilty of Oliver’s murder and many other charges. Patrolling Auburn Boulevard in October 2014, the deputy and his partner observed a man and woman parked at a motel.  Oliver approached their car and was shot in the head. The murder began a manhunt that spread to Placer County. Car-jacking two vehicles and shooting and injuring a car owner, the fugitives sped to Auburn. Near Interstate 80, Bracamontes fired on two Placer police officers. One, Investigator Michael Davis, died from his wounds.

At the time of Oliver’s death, the 47-year-old deputy was assigned to Problem Oriented Policing in the Sheriff’s North Area Division. Addressing his family and 200 park patrons, Supervisor Susan Peters hoped his service would not be forgotten. “A park is where we want to be safe,” she said. “Our protection here, as well as in our homes and places of business, relies on the dedication of those who wear a badge. Everyone who enjoys this park and its special plaza should know that the fun that occurs here - in safety - is not without sacrifice.”

Formerly home to the YMCA, Eastern Oak Park is one of 17 reserves administered by Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District. Its $2 million redevelopment project began last year and includes walking paths, restrooms, pickleball courts, a children’s playground and an off-leash dog park.

The park is located at 3127 Eastern Avenue, Sacramento. For information, visit www.morpd.com

Susan Oliver (center), widow of Danny Oliver, helped unveil a monument to the slain officer at Eastern Oak Park. Sheriff Scott Jones and Supervisor Susan Peters spoke at the dedication. Oliver’s daughters Jennah and Melissa were among many family members present.Officer Danny Oliver. Photo courtesy Sacramento County Sheriffs DepartmentOliver