Police Officer With Local Ties Dies In The Line Of Duty

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A police officer with ties to the north country was gunned down in Galt, California, Tuesday morning.

Officials said 35 year old Kevin Tonn was fatally shot during a confrontation with a man he was questioning in connection with a burglary.

Tonn had been a volunteer with the Philadelphia Fire Department for a number of years before moving to California.

Philadelphia Fire Chief Rodney LaMora said Tonn was stationed at Fort Drum in the 1990s as a military police officer.

During the Ice Storm of 1998, LaMora said Tonn began volunteering with the fire department and became a valued member, who successfully wrote grants to purchase equipment.

Tonn became a fire department captain and emergency medical services chief, LaMora said.

According to LaMora, Tonn left the military, but used his volunteer experience to become a federal firefighter at Fort Drum.

"He was a great guy, a good friend. I'm going to miss him," said LaMora.

According to news reports, Tonn had been with the Galt Police Department for three and a half years.

He joined the force in September 2009 after graduating from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Academy.

With the Galt department, he was a canine officer working with a German shepherd named Yaro.

Tonn was not married and had no children, according to news reports.

The man who shot Tonn then shot and killed himself.

More information on the shooting

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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