Fallen KCSO MP Phillip Campas will be honored in Washington, DC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A group of sheriff’s deputies will travel to the nation’s capital to honor fallen deputy Phillip Campas.

Campas made the ultimate sacrifice last summer protecting a family whose mentally ill husband and father threatened them with a gun. Now he is honored on the national stage.

“His name was engraved on the National Law Enforcement Memorial. With that, there is an official ceremony,” said Sgt. Dustin Contreras of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. “This is just the beginning of the legacy he’s going to leave. With his name on this monument forever, every time someone goes to Washington DC, they’ll see this.

The deputies will land in Washington DC on May 12 to escort Campas’ family during a candlelight vigil. The National Peace Officers Memorial celebrates the lives of fallen officers across the country.

“When we go there, other agencies know exactly who we are. They know who Deputy Phil Campas was,” said Sgt. Counterras. “It’s a great honour. But we are here to support his family, his parents, his wife, his children.

Those close to Campas say they will never forget his badge number, 1392. Dick Taylor is a family friend of Campas, who saw him become a local hero.

“He’s one of those iconic people who just inspired people around him to do their best to do better than their best,” Taylor said. “We feel very lucky to have had just a little time with Phil when we got to know him.”

Campas will be honored at other law enforcement ceremonies next month. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office plans to celebrate his life on May 19 at its headquarters on Norris Road. He will also be remembered at the California Peace Officers Memorial in Sacramento on Monday.

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