Ojai Chief of Police Dave Kenney unveils a sign Wednesday during a barbecue in honor of Ojai deputy Peter Aguirre on the 17th anniversary of the slaying.
Aguirre was killed in 1996 when he responded to a domestic violence call in Meiners Oaks. “We are cops and this is a profession,” Kenney said after the ceremony, “but more importantly, we are a family and we wanted to do something more to honor his memory.” Kenney said the officers paid to have the street sign made, and with the permission of the city, had it installed at the entrance to the driveway at the Ojai substation on South Ventura Street.
Twenty five members of Aguirre’s family attended the ceremony, including his daughter, Gabriella, who was 3 at the time of the shooting and now serves as a student aide at the Ojai substation. Also in attendance were many members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, including Sheriff Geoff Dean, who has been with the VCSD for 35 years and remembers Aguirre well. “He was a hard-working, conscientious deputy,” Dean said. “The law enforcement family, like every other family, is very tight. Peter made the ultimate sacrifice, and (his wife) Dina and Gabbi are our family, and will always be part of the family … Unveiling the street sign was very, very important to them, and very important to all of us.”