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Hundreds remember Freeman at memorial

Co-workers recall his work ethic; family celebrates favorite moments

Posted: December 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Fire station 126 displays an American flag on the ladder of their truck as attendees head for the memorial service of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Deputy Devin Freeman, held in the Canyon High School gymnasium in Canyon Country on Saturday.

 

Hundreds of friends, relatives and fellow members of law enforcement packed the gymnasium at Canyon High School on Saturday to celebrate the life of Deputy Devin Freeman, who died in November after battling cancer.

Tears and laughs were plentiful during Saturday’s memorial service as a parade of speakers described Freeman as a gear head, fascinated with fixing cars and military vehicles, and spoke about his infectious sense of humor, his devotion to his family and most of all his selflessness.

Freeman died at home on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 38 after a six-year battle with ocular melanoma.

Freeman joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1998 and came to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station thereafter.

While at the station, Freeman would work as a resource officer at Canyon High School and Sierra Vista Junior High School, and he also helped out with the detective unit, Crime Prevention Unit and the off-road motorcycle team.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone who meant so much to so many,” said Captain Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Becker recounted how Freeman once rushed into a burning building and saved a woman’s life.

“We will miss you, and we will never forget you,” said Becker of Freeman.

Freeman is survived by his wife, Meghan, and three daughters — Shannon, Kate and Lucy.

Meghan Freeman discussed her time with Devin as a series of dances, from a dance he shared with her just prior to proposing to his impromptu dances with their daughters.

“The pain of losing you, as excruciating as it is, pales in comparison to the thought of our beautiful dance,” said Meghan Freeman of her husband, as those in the audience wiped away tears.

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