The members of Class 359 had decided weeks earlier to dedicate their training to the memory of the fallen deputy. “He was killed so close to where we were training,” said recruit Fanny Lipkin. “Every fallen deputy touches us, but he was just so close to home.” Several officials spoke fondly of their fun-loving, hard-working colleague. “Kuredjian was a wonderful man, and a wonderful officer,” said Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, his former captain. Despite the emotions, these recruits said remembering Kuredjian and other fallen officers helps build the spirit of camaraderie, one they know they must maintain to survive their chosen profession. STEVENSON RANCH – They ran to earn the badges and patches that will decorate their khaki uniforms when they become sheriff’s deputies in just a couple of weeks’ time. For the 72-member graduating class of the North Academy, Tuesday’s 5.4-mile run through the streets of Valencia and Stevenson Ranch symbolized their journey from recruit to deputy. “For the past few months, we have been working so hard,” recruit John Hong said. “But after this run, we will get our first chance to wear that patch that says `L.A. County Sheriff.”‘ During Tuesday’s event on the College of the Canyons campus, the recruits were joined by deputies, sergeants and captains in an emotional prayer service for Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian, who was killed Aug. 31, 2001, in a shootout with a suspect in Stevenson Ranch. [email protected] (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!