Purple Heart Found Pinned To Teddy Bear In Anonymous Tribute For Santa Cruz Officers

SANTA CRUZ (CBS/AP) — A Purple Heart medal was found pinned to a teddy bear as an anonymous tribute to two Santa Cruz officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Chief Steve Clark says an unknown soldier left the gift Thursday at the memorial for the officers.

The anonymous message said the teddy bear reflects the love of community and the Purple Heart is for sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty.

“I know you will understand,” the note read.

Clark said the medal will be kept for the officers’ families.

Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed Tuesday while trying to interview Jeremy Goulet, regarding a misdemeanor sexual assault. Goulet was later killed in a shootout with police.

A memorial was scheduled for Thursday to honor the officers.

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