John and Marilyn Redding Recipients of 2014 Public Safety Leadership Award
John and Marilyn Redding were this year's recipients of the Public Safety Leadership Award, which was presented to the Rocklin couple at the third annual Victim's Rights Breakfast.
The purpose of the breakfast is to raise awareness concerning victim rights, victim issues, and victim services in Placer County. The event, held at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis, was hosted by Scott Owens, Placer County District Attorney.
The Reddings are the parents of fallen Rocklin Police Officer Matt Redding, who was tragically killed while on duty by a drunk driver on Oct. 9, 2005. Shortly after their son's death, the Reddings began receiving personal donations and decided to create the Matt Redding Foundation.
The Foundation has continued ever since in the form of donations and fundraisers like popular "Run Rocklin," a community event held annually in Rocklin.
This year's Run Rocklin was held in April and had a record-number 3,200 registered participants in the event, all of whom came out to support the Matt Redding Foundation and the Rocklin community.
The ninth annual Matt Redding Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 16 at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Roseville.
"After Matt's tragic death, the Reddings could have easily sunk into a quiet and deep depression. But instead they turned the pain and loss of their eldest son into a positive contribution to Rocklin and the Placer County communities, and are doing great things in Matt's name," said Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence, who made the award presentation.
The nonprofit Matt Redding Foundation supports education in Protective Services and provides financial support each year to graduating seniors at seven local high schools - Del Oro, Whitney, Rocklin, Victory, Roseville, Oakmont and Woodcreek. It also provides scholarships to Sierra College and William Jessup University each year.
The Reddings annually participate in the "Every-15-Minutes" program to help educate youth on the dangers of DUI, and are continually available for a role in any public safety endeavor with the goal of keeping local communities safe. They are also staunch supporters and advocates for victims.
"John and I are humbled to receive this prestigious award. We are deeply indebted to the numerous people throughout Placer County who unselfishly provide support for the Matt Redding Foundation," Marilyn Redding said. "Matt's death has created a tremendous void in our lives that can never be filled. But John and I draw strength from the many people who help keep Matt's name alive in this community by doing so many wonderful things."
Chief Lawrence and Rocklin Mayor Scott Yuill also presented the Reddings with a commemorative City Marshal's badge as a symbol of the lineage between the two fallen Rocklin Police Officers.
This past February marked the 100-year anniversary of the only other Rocklin police officer killed in the line of duty. City Marshal Sam Renaldi was shot and killed in a gun battle in 1914.
Renaldi and Matt Redding were honored earlier this year with a memorial fountain that bares their name and is located in front of the Rocklin Police Department building.
To commemorate Renaldi's untimely death, Rocklin police employees were allowed to purchase a commemorative City Marshal's badge replicating the original, turn-of-the-century badge.
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