Selma, Fresno County carve out memorial for fallen officer

Fresno County law enforcement officers honor Selma police officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr. at the Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony

Selma Police Officers bow their heads in prayer during the Memorial Ceremony.
Selma Police Officers bow their heads in prayer during the Memorial Ceremony.
Serena Bettis
Published May 4, 2024  • 
10:00 am

FRESNO – Fallen Selma police officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr.’s name was etched into stone and history at the Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial Wall as the community continues to remember and pay tribute to Carrasco’s life and death in the line of duty. 

Members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the Selma Police Department and other local law enforcement personnel from across the county unveiled Carrasco’s name on the wall during the 2024 Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony at Courthouse Park in Fresno on May 2. This is the 26th anniversary of the memorial wall, which includes names of those who have died in the line of duty while serving in Fresno County since 1889. 

“To date, the names of 64 men and women have been etched into the granite face of the Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. 

The Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial Foundation has been working to honor local officers in this way since 1997. During National Police Week, which is observed at the same time as Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, law enforcement officers may be seen wearing black bands over their badges to honor those who died in their community, according to the press release. 

Carrasco, 24, was shot and killed on Jan. 31, 2023, while patrolling Pine Street in Selma. He is survived by his parents, siblings, girlfriend and infant son, who was born after he died. The Selma Police Department and surrounding community has been working to raise money to help send Carrasco’s family to Washington, D.C., this May to see Carrasco’s name on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, which included the names of more than 23,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty throughout United States history.

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter