San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has suffered its second Line of Duty death in 2005. This latest tragedy occurred on October 11, 2005, when Deputy Daniel Lobo, Jr. of the Rancho Cucamonga station died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a car that pulled out directly in his path. It comes less than four months after the death of Deputy Greg Gariepy, and just over one year following the loss of Deputy Ron Ives, also a motor deputy from the Rancho Cucamonga station.
Deputy Lobo, along with a second motor deputy and a deputy in a squad car were heading east on Arrow Highway at 3:25 p.m. with lights and sirens on in response to a crash at Etiwanda Avenue. A man pulled out of a driveway to head west on Arrow. The first motor was able to pass, the patrol officer swerved out of the way, but Lobo could not avoid the vehicle and was thrown from his motor after striking the rear of the car. Paramedics arrived minutes after the accident and began CPR. Lobo was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he passed away at 4:12 p.m.
Deputy Lobo first joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1994 and was assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga station in 1998. He is remembered by fellow deputies as a happy guy, always smiling; a man with a positive outlook on life, love of family, and devotion to his work. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Lobo; three daughters, Kiley, Kadie and Maddison; and his parents, Daniel Lobo Sr. and Gloria Lobo.
About 2,000 people paid their respects to Lobo at his funeral services on October 17th. During the service at Hillside Community Church in Rancho Cucamonga, Lobo’s middle daughter Kadie, 10, read a letter she wrote for her father. “I will miss you. I can’t wait for the day that I’m up in heaven with you and God.” she said.
“When we lose one of our brothers, our family, it just tears us up. I can’t imagine what Jennifer and her family are going through.” said Sheriff Gary Penrod.
Deputy John Bannes, who met Lobo at sheriff’s academy orientation more than a decade ago, shared stories about Lobo, such as the time he ran into a burning house to help people get out, and came out startled by what he later discovered was a 300-pound potbelly pig. “Danny, being the hero he was … was the first one to get on the scene…He was one of those partners that you could depend on to be there.”
State Attorney General Bill Lockyer also spoke about Lobo and the sacrifices he made as a sheriff’s deputy. Addressing Lobo’s three young daughters he said, “Your dad was a hero. You should be proud.”