Family, Friends Say Goodbye to Fallen Animal Control Officer

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Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum was killed doing what he loved – rescuing animals. Saturday, hundreds gathered to say goodbye to Roy.

“I am proud to say he was my father,” said Jackie Marcum, Roy’s daughter.

“Roy saved every love letter, every card, every note Tina had ever written him. I know he’s up there cringing that we found that,” said Ruben Hernandez, Roy’s friend.

At times there was laughter, and at other times it was hard to fight back tears.

His childhood friend, Hernandez said Roy fell in love with animals when was three.

“She [Roy’s mom] found Roy and Mikey back there feeding a pony,” Hernandez said.

And that passion to help continued over the years. Roy served with the U.S. Air Force and worked as a Sacramento Animal Control Officer for 14 years.

Roy woke up that Wednesday prepared to do his job like he always did. But, on the other side of the door at a Galt home, police say Joseph Corey was armed and dangerous – firing and killing Roy.

Instead of remembering how Roy died, his childhood friend said we should all remember how he lived.

“He would want us to celebrate his friend. Sergeant Walton of the Galt PD, who rushed in harm’s way to pull Roy out,” Hernandez said.

Roy leaves behind his wife and two children.

“He’s now a beautiful angel who used to live on earth,” Jackie said.

But she says her father taught her life is precious, and we all should cherish it.

“We love and miss him so much. But, like my dad always said, ‘it’s all good,’” Jackie said.

If you would like to help the Marcum family, a memorial fund is set up at the Premier West Bank in Elk Grove.

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