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Feb 15, 2013 2:39 PM by Associated Press

Lawmakers honor officer killed by Christopher Dorner

SACRAMENTO , Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have honored a sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout with fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner.

During legislative sessions Friday, two San Bernardino County lawmakers described 35-year-old Jeremiah MacKay as a hero who will be missed.

Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks, which is near the Big Bear Lake community where the Dorner manhunt was focused, described MacKay as a happy and courageous man who was "always there to help anybody." Republican Sen. Bill Emmerson of Redlands called the detective "a dedicated public servant."

MacKay grew up in Lake Arrowhead, which also is near Big Bear, and served in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for 15 years. He was hit several times during Tuesday's shootout.

MacKay leaves behind a wife, 7-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son.

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