Funeral services for Deputy Kevin Elium of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Church of the Nazarene in Porterville located at 765 W. Henderson Ave. Graveside services will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 1013 E. Olive Ave.
On Oct. 6 at approximately 9 p.m. Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Elium was driving in a marked Sheriff' Department patrol unit. Elium was en route to backup another unit on a high risk traffic stop in the Strathmore area. Elium was traveling northbound on Main Street north of Porterville when he lost control of his patrol unit and struck a tree. Chaplain Lee Sorenson was a passenger in the unit. He was pinned in the vehicle along with Elium. TCSO, Porterville Police, California Highway Patrol, CDF and Porterville Fire Department responded to the scene to assist. Rescue crews were able to extract Sorenson and he was transported by ambulance to Sierra View District Hospital.
Elium was extracted from the vehicle and transported to University Medical Center by air ambulance. At 12:32 a.m. the Sheriff's Department was informed that Elium has passed away from injuries sustained in the accident.
Deputy Elium, 34, was a five-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department and resided in the Porterville area. He served in the U.S. Army from 1988-1996. He was employed as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) from 1991 to 2001. Elium was hired for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department in January 2001. He was assigned to the Detention Division, working in the jails and was later transferred to the Transportation Division. October 2004, Elium was promoted and transferred to the Patrol Division and assigned to the Porterville substation.
He is survived by his brother and his two children, ages 10 and 12. Tulare County Deputy Sheriff's Association has established a memorial fund for the family of Deputy Kevin Elium. Donations can be made throughTulare County Deputy Sheriff's Assoc., Deputy Kevin Elium Memorial Fund, 1616 W. Mineral King, Suite C, Visalia, CA 93291, (559) 6336-1199.