An officer who died in the line of duty is now being honored with a
San Clemente, Calif., is featuring officer Richard Steed, who was
shot and killed Nov. 29, 1978, while responding to what was believed
to be a medical assistance call from someone who allegedly slashed his
wrists, according to ODMP.org, the Officer Down Memorial Page website.
The killer was James R. Hoffer, a transient with a history of
mental illness, according to a 1996 article in the Los Angeles Times.
Officer Steed, then 30 years old, had served less than two years
with the department, after serving with the United States Marine Corp.
His wife, Kathy, survived him.
Net proceeds from sales of the medal will be donated toward a
scholarship in Steed’s memory.
The medals measure 1.75 inches in diameter and are struck from a
brushed brass metal, according to Community Service Officer Stephanie
Jones. They are being struck for the department by Recognition
Services, and feature color in the design.
Officer Steed’s badge appears against an American flag backdrop on
the obverse, with SAN CLEMENTE POLICE DEPARTMENT and IN MEMORIAM surrounding.
The reverse shows a full-color lithographic portrait of officer
Steed surrounded by his name and title, and the date he died while in service.
The medal does not have a mintage limit, but the number struck
will depend on the amount of orders received by Nov. 18.
The medals are priced at $10. Any orders by mail should include
enough to cover postage and packaging.
To order the medals, write to OCSD San Clemente Substation, Attn:
CSO Stephanie Jones, 100 Ave. Presidio, San Clemente, CA 92672,
telephone Jones at 949-361-8352 or email her at JonesS@san-clemente.org. ■