EL CENTRO — Deputy Anthony Redondo was laid to rest Saturday, July 10, at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. His graveside was surrounded by family members, friends, colleagues with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), and local and out-of-town of law enforcement officers.
ISCO Deputy Anthony Redondo, 25, was en route to a mental health call in Seeley when he was involved in a two-vehicle collision Saturday, June 26, at the intersection of Aten and Forrester roads in Imperial.
Earlier in the morning, a mass was held at the Jimmie Cannon Performing Arts Theatre at Southwest High School. Thereafter, a caravan followed the hearse to Redondo’s final resting place at Evergreen Cemetery west of El Centro.
Deputy Sheriff Redondo’s casket was draped with the US flag, later folded into a triangle by Deputy Sheriff pallbearers. Sheriff Raymond Loera presented the flag to Janelle Frazier, mother of Deputy Sheriff Redondo. She cried as she embraced the flag. Her husband, ICSO Sergeant Eric Frazier, held her close.
The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums played music. Honor guards fired three volleys of gun salutes followed by Taps. Airplane and helicopter aircraft performed a flyby pass.
A recorded voice called out #623 several times, yet there was no answer. Number 623 was the radio call number of Deputy Sheriff Redondo. There was only silence.
“We lost a deputy,” said Sheriff Raymond Loera. “He had been with us for about nine months, but he certainly had influenced a lot of friends and colleagues. He was a dedicated worker. He was a big loss.”
Law enforcement officers wore mourning bands with the #623 across their badges. They came from cities in Imperial County such as Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Imperial, Westmorland, and Quechan. Others came from Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Florida. Deputy sheriffs, police officers, Border Patrol agents, California Highway Patrol, firefighters, and explorers paid their final respects.
The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office had received condolence letters nationwide, according to Sheriff Loera, who had been serving for more than 40 years. “This County is the most supportive there is for law enforcement.”
Frank Joel Redondo, US Army (1997-2015), remembered times spent with his son, Anthony. Ever since he was small, he enjoyed fishing and played cops. “Law enforcement was in his blood. I told him to be a productive member of the society.”
“I am grateful that he was able to fulfill what he wanted to do. Not just long enough,” said Frank Redondo.
Deuce and Rachel Robertson were at the celebration of life held at the Casa de Mañana Building at the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds where guests were offered a buffet lunch. It was a reunion of friends and families under sad circumstances. Yet it was also a time to comfort one another.
Deuce and Rachel reminisced about the young Anthony at their wedding 20 years ago. “He was our ring bearer. He did good during the rehearsal. He was a typical 5-year-old kid,” said Rachel Robertson, a close friend of Redondo’s mother. She even showed a wedding photo with the ring bearer and flower girl.
“I thank the community who were supportive of Deputy Sheriff Redondo’s family. I am humbled by the outpouring support from the County,” said Sheriff Loera.