It’s a testament to how many people Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler had helped that an entire city government and two police forces feel the need to provide their staff’s with grief counseling.
Both Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano and Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel had been partners with Baker. A practical joker with a presence that invited strangers to strike up conversations. Read more about Baker in Julie Reynolds Profile of Butch Baker from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Vogel said of Butler, that she was known for her sensitivity and tenacity in investigating sex crimes. She was capable of earning trust from people who had recently seen their trust abused in horrible ways. Read more about Butler in the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Profile.