Governor honors San Francisco Police Officer Barry
By Bay City News Service
February 8, 2006
A San Francisco Police Officer visited Sacramento Tuesday to
receive an honor from the California Department of Justice.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger personally awarded Officer Barry Parker
the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor in a ceremony in the
Governor's Consul Room, according to the governor's press office.
Parker was injured when he and Officer Isaac Espinoza were attacked
on April 10, 2004. Espinoza was killed in that attack. The two
officers were in plain clothes when they approached suspected
gang member David Hill, 21, of San Francisco, to question him
about selling drugs. Hill allegedly opened fire on the officers
with an automatic weapon, killing Espinoza and injuring Parker.
Schwarzenegger's office reports that the justice department awarded
Parker the medal because Parker tried in vain to save Espinoza
by using his own body as a human shield.
Hill later pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges,
and is currently awaiting trial in San Francisco.
The Police Department Wednesday issued a statement announcing
the award. Charles Plummer, the chairman of the governor's Medal
of Valor Review Board, wrote in a letter to Chief Heather Fong,
"You're officer so distinguished himself among his peers
through his acts of bravery, heroism and devotion to duty, that
the board selected him as the appropriately deserving recipient
of this award.''
"The San Francisco Police Department is pleased and honored
that one of its own has been selected for this award,'' Fong said
in the statement. "Officer Parker, in his total devotion
to duty even while his life was in danger, represents the best
qualities of the men and women of this department.''
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