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Dennis Wallace foundation donates to Ripon PD Explorers
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The Ripon Police Department received a donation Tuesday from the Dennis Wallace Memorial Foundation. The funds will go towards the Explorers Program. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

RIPON — The memory of Dennis Wallace continues to shine bright.

At Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting, Dave Wallace, who is the brother of the fallen Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy, and others from the Dennis Wallace Memorial Foundation presented a $500 donation to the Ripon Police Department’s Explorer Program.

“Dennis loved to support the youth programs,” said Dave Wallace.

The Explorers provide an opportunity for those ages 14 to 21 to learn, first hand, about the functions of the local police department.

The donation here was made possible by the Dennis Wallace Memorial Golf Tournament.

“We’ve given $5,500 to youth programs in memory of Dennis,” Dave Wallace said.

The funds will be used to further the explorer program, including training and participation in explorer competitions, according to police.

Ripon Police Department Explorers learn about law-enforcement careers by shadowing officers on patrol and other duties, and providing parking and traffic control at special events throughout the year.

Deputy Wallace was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 13, 2016 while investigating a suspicious vehicle. He was a 20-year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, working in the DARE program.

The third annual Dennis Wallace Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19, at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

The event will again include a four-person scramble golf format with food and drinks as well as the dinner to follow, consisting of a silent auction, raffle, awards reception and more.

The shotgun start is set for 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

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