San Bernardino Remembers Slain Deputy

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who died Jan. 2 after a vicious attack on New Year’s Eve has been described as a “big heart of a man” who enjoyed serving his community, often going above and beyond the call of duty to do so.

Deputy Larry Falce, 70, was assaulted after a minor off-duty traffic collision with 30-year-old Alonzo Leron Smith. The suspect, whom authorities have described as a “career criminal,” was charged the murder of the officer Wednesday.

Falce, an army veteran, joined the department in 1981.

“He loved his community, he loved San Bernardino. He wanted to work in San Bernardino only,” said sheriff’s Lt. Sarkis Ohannessian

Colleagues recalled the time Falce took an underprivileged boy on a shopping spree and the many cats he helped rescue off of the streets of San Bernardino. He was also humble. After once saving a person’s life, “his girlfriend and I had to drag him kicking and screaming” to the awards ceremony so that he could be honored, his sister said.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Employees’ Benefit Association is now raising funds for Deputy Face’s loved ones. If you would like to help, visit or send a check donation with “Larry Falce” in the memo line to 735 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 125, San Bernardino, CA 92408.


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