(Extensions of Remarks - March 13, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E289-E290]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                             HON. SAM FARR

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, March 13, 2013

  Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a brave and honorable 
community hero, the late Sergeant Loran Lee ``Butch'' Baker, Jr. A 
Sergeant in the Santa Cruz Police Department, Butch was known not only 
for his investigative ability and skills in gathering intelligence, but 
also for his larger-than-life personality, his commitment to his 
family, his

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sense of humor, and his continual love for others. An avid sports fan, 
Butch enjoyed watching NASCAR races, and cheering for his favorite 
teams, The San Francisco Giants and The San Jose Sharks.
   Butch was born in San Francisco, California in 1961, and met his 
future wife, Kelly, when they were only ten and eleven years old. In 
1985, Butch joined the Santa Cruz Police Department, where he displayed 
an unwavering commitment to protect and defend the citizens of the City 
of Santa Cruz. In 1989, Butch earned a Medal of Valor in for his heroic 
actions following the earthquake. Additionally, Butch earned numerous 
state and federal law enforcement awards throughout his career.
   Butch lost his life in a senseless act of violence, but his legacy 
will never be forgotten within our community, and throughout the 
extended law enforcement family. My thoughts are with Sergeant Baker's 
family, including his wife, Kelly, his daughters, Jillian and Ashley, 
and his son, Adam.
   Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Sergeant Loran Lee 
``Butch'' Baker, and to promise that his life and his legacy will never 
be forgotten.