Funeral plans set for sheriff's deputy killed in Dorner siege
The funeral for a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a firefight last week during the Christopher Dorner manhunt will be held Thursday at the San Manuel Amphitheater.
Police said Jeremiah MacKay, 35, was shot by Dorner during a standoff in an isolated area near Big Bear. The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, said Deputy Sheriff Lolita Harper. The amphitheater is at 2575 Glen Helen Parkway in San Bernardino.
A candlelight vigil open to the public will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Yucaipa Community Center at 34900 Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa.
MacKay was married to Lynette Quinata MacKay and had a 7-year-old stepdaughter and a 4-month-old son. Friends and family have described him as a boisterous man with a ready smile.
He was the fourth person believed to have died at the hands of Dorner in the former Los Angeles Police Department officer’s alleged rampage seeking revenge for his dismissal from the LAPD in 2009.
A second deputy, Alex Collins, was wounded in the gunfight, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said last week. Collins has undergone multiple surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery.
MacKay, who grew up in the San Bernardino Mountains, joined the sheriff's department in July 1998, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Capt. Lee Hamblin.
He worked in the jails, as a detective at the department's Big Bear station and most recently as a deputy in the department's Yucaipa station.
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Photo: Jeremiah MacKay, center, was photographed with other deputies at the command center in Big Bear on Feb. 9. MacKay, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, was killed three days later in a firefight near Big Bear. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times