Sgt. Ron Helus Courtesy of Karen Helus
Last October, as Sgt. Ron Helus was anticipating his retirement from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office after 29 years on the force, he asked his wife, Karen, if he’d made a difference in people’s lives.
“A few weeks later, he said, ‘If something ever happens to me, don’t be sad too long. Celebrate my life,’” Karen said.
Days later, on Nov. 7, Helus was the first police officer to enter Borderline Bar and Grill as a mass shooting unfolded inside. ...