On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, accompanied by 33rd District Assembly Tim Donnelly and dignitaries from the City of Yucaipa and the County of San Bernardino held a Highway Dedication Ceremony at the Yucaipa Community Park Amphitheatre in honor of Detective Jeremiah MacKay.
Assemblyman Donnelly introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) No. 68 requesting that a portion of State Highway Route 38 from post mile 24.00 to post mile 29.00 as “Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Highway” to honor his noble sacrifice of his life on February 12, 2013. The resolution was introduced June 25, 2013, unanimously adopted by the California State Assembly August 26, 2013 and by the California State Senate unanimously on September 11, 2013. ACR 68 was chaptered by the Secretary of State; Resolution Chapter 142, Statues of 2013 on September 27, 2013.
On February 12, 2013 Detective MacKay along with other law enforcement officers received information on the possible location of a murder suspect. The suspect had sparked a regional manhunt after the deaths of 3 others, including two Southern California law enforcement officers. While formulating a plan to tactically search a rural property in Angeles Oaks, deputies encountered rapid gunfire. A deputy sheriff was struck four times by gunfire and fell to the ground. During the exchange of fire, Detective MacKay was shot multiple times and was fatally wounded.
Detective MacKay began his career as a deputy sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was a fourteen year veteran who worked patrol at the Twin Peaks and Central Stations. In 2006, he promoted to detective and was assigned to the Training Division. His most recent assignment was at the Yucaipa Station.
Detective MacKay is survived by his wife Lynette; daughter Kaytlin, and son Cayden James.
“The signs will be a constant reminder of the dedication and sacrifice Detective MacKay gave to this community and the public as a whole. His memory will not be forgotten,” stated Sheriff John McMahon.