Mickelson also leads the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation.

"Anytime an officer is killed in the line of duty, it's like you lose a member of your family, and this one was just so different because she was so young," Mickelson added.

He says there aren't enough words to thank the community for its support during these tough times for law enforcement.

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"The communities overwhelmingly support these fallen officers and their families financially – but then if you look at the weeks of the funerals, post funeral – the blue bows that get tied all over the place," explained Mickelson. "There are still bows up today if you were to drive Mark Stasyusk's neighborhood."

While those gestures mean a tremendous amount for members of law enforcement and the fallen officers' families, Mickelson told ABC10 the best way people can support them is by not forgetting the sacrifice made by the men and women who died while protecting our community.

"People will move on with their lives and in two weeks, a month from now, we will have our next fallen officer and that community will be saddened and be dealing with it, but it's our responsibility to never forget our fallen officers," Mickelson said.

Author: Daniela Pardo
Published: 6:11 PM PST January 14, 2019
Updated: 5:37 AM PST January 15, 2019

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