Today we honor fallen Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier who was gunned down during the service of a search warrant in the Fresno County town of Minkler, on February 25, 2010.
The Fresno Deputy Sheriffs Association honors each of our fallen deputies who have been killed in the line of duty. Joel worked a variety of assignments during his career with the Sheriff’s Office. Joel was a member of the Fresno County Search and Rescue team, property detective, homicide detective and a great friend and partner to many of us here. Joel’s personality was one of a kind. A stranger one day and a good friend the next. A great way to describe the way Joel was towards people. Great work ethic, loyal, and dedicated – many different ways co-workers described him.
Joel is survived by his wife Bev Wahlenmaier, daughter Amy, son-in-law Hunter and son Austin, along with parents, sister, brother and many other extended family who miss his presence dearly.
Take the time today as we are at the Fresno Deputy Sheriffs Association to remember our friend Joel Wahlenmaier. Joel paid the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Fresno County.
We will always honor him and we will never forget him. God Bless