Ventura County Honoring A Fallen Hero

Thursday November 8, 2018

(Photos courtesy of Kristine Dawson)

     Update--Ventura County is honoring a fallen hero, Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who gave his life confronting the gunman who killed a dozen people, including Helus, at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night.

   The 54-year-old Helus was a 29-year veteran of the department who, along with a CHP officer, were the first law enforcement officers to arrive while the shooting was taking place.

   A procession made up of law enforcement officers in patrol vehicles and motorcycles, accompanied Helus as he was taken from Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks to the Medical Examiner's Office in Ventura via the Northbound 101 around 10 AM Thursday morning.

   As the procession traveled to Ventura, on every overpass along the way, firefighters and law enforcement officers, as well as the public, saluted the fallen hero as the motorcade passed by.

   And drivers traveling southbound on the 101 pulled over to the center divider to pay their respects.

From the city of Thousand Oaks---In an effort to gather as a community during this tragedy the City of Thousand Oaks will be hosting a vigil tonight at 6 PM at the Kavli Theater-City Hall. Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted.

From Cal Lutheran University--

"The Cal Lutheran community is filled with sorrow over the violent events that took place last night a few miles from campus in Thousand Oaks. Sadly, we have learned from the family that a recent graduate, Justin Meek, 23, is one of the precious lives cut short in this tragedy. Meek heroically saved lives in the incident.

We know that many community members are looking for ways to help and to reach out. We encourage you to give blood locally. To make a cash donation to support affected community members, visit the Ventura County Community Foundation at
Victims identified by family, friends or school officials...

In addition to Sgt Ron Helus and CLU grad Justin Meek, other known victims whose names have been released include Alaina Housely a student at Pepperdine In Malibu and 22-year-old Cody Coffman whose father Jason talked with reporters.  48-year-old Sean Adler of Simi Valley worked security at the Borderline. Telemachus Orfanos was 27-years-old. 21-year-old Noel Sparks was a student at Moorpark College. 21-year-old Blake Dingman. 21-year-old Jake Dunham.  Kristina Morisette was the cashier at the Borderline. 33-year-old Daniel Manrique.  Mark Meza worked at the Borderline.


Cal Lutheran events in response to shooting


Associated Students of California Lutheran University Government Vigil for entire campus community in Kingsmen Park at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9


Blood Drive in Lundring Events Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10


Also on Friday, Nov. 9, Samuelson Chapel will be open for reflection and gathering all day. The Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion will be open all day for students to gather. Student Counseling and Psychological Services will be open. There are also scheduled times for the campus community to pray and reflect in the chapel. There will also be faculty and staff gatherings to discuss how we can address the needs of the campus community.