Police, Schools

Slain deputy’s little sister welcomed back to Sylvan Middle School with escort

Sentinel staff report–
Sylvan Middle School was the scene of a heavy law enforcement presence on Friday, as Citrus Heights police officers and other agency personnel in the region escorted slain Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk’s 11-year-old sister back to school for the first time since the Sept. 17 gun battle with a suspect that took her brother’s life at a Rancho Cordova Pep Boys store.

A video posted by the sheriff’s department shows her arriving to the school in a sheriff’s SUV and then walking past a row of several dozen deputies and officers who applauded as she passed them with her arm around a deputy escort. The video also shows sheriff’s deputies tying blue ribbons around the campus and quickly gained more than 250,000 views on Facebook in less than 24 hours after being posted.

According to Chief of Staff Matt Hedges, with Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost’s office, the event was coordinated to show support for the fallen deputy’s sister as she copes with the tragedy.

“It was a last-minute impromptu event that came together, but exploded with positivity,” said Hedges in an email, noting that students and the school’s principal also lined up to welcome her back to school, and deputies all walked her to her classes.

Other shows of support for the fallen deputy and his family are planned by area businesses, including fundraisers at Dutch Bros and Texas Roadhouse locations in Citrus Heights. On Sept. 23, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., area Dutch Bros locations will donate $1 per drink to Stasyuk’s memorial fund, and Texas Roadhouse at 6309 Sunrise Blvd. says it will donate 30% of all food sales to the memorial fund on Sept. 24, from 3-10 p.m.

Those wishing to donate directly to the deputy’s memorial fund can do so through the CAHP Credit Union at www.cahpcu.org.