The Butte College Foundation has received a donation from the Mobilio family in order to establish the "David F. Mobilio Memorial Scholarship" in honor of the officer's law enforcement service to the community. Red Bluff Police Officer David Mobilio was slain while fueling his patrol car on November 19, 2002. The new scholarship will help a graduating recruit of the Butte College law enforcement academy annually.
The donation is timely as "National Police Week" takes place Monday, May 11 through Sunday, May 17 and May 15 marks "National Peace Officers' Memorial Day," which is dedicated to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
Butte College President Diana Van Der Ploeg met with the Mobilio family on Friday, May 8 to thank them for their recent scholarship donation to support future law enforcement cadets.
"We are very proud of our Butte College law enforcement academy which has earned a well-deserved reputation across the state for excellence and we're honored to have trained over 5,000 cadets since our program started in 1970," said Van Der Ploeg. "This new scholarship is a wonderful tribute to Officer Mobilio and the incredible sacrifice he made for his community while working in the line of duty."
Officer Mobilio graduated from the 91st Butte College law enforcement academy on November 30, 1995. Mobilio was known for being a dedicated and outstanding Red Bluff police officer. He served as liaison officer for the department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program at local elementary schools where he dedicated much of his energy in teaching children how to make good choices in life. He is remembered as a devoted husband and father to his son, who was 19-months old at the time of his father's untimely death.
Mobilio is remembered as one of the 14 graduates of the Butte College academy who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Sitting atop a small knoll at Butte College's main campus adjacent to the Allied Health/Public Services building is a monument that includes the names of Butte College's law enforcement academy graduates who died while on duty.
"The Butte College law enforcement memorial honors those brave individuals who contributed so much to their respective communities," said Don Beasley, Butte College law enforcement academy coordinator and retired California Highway Patrol officer. "Recruits attending the academy pay respect to those officers by weekly polishing the name plates and taking care of the surrounding grounds. This also serves as a constant reminder to the recruits that they are entering a challenging and dangerous career-but also a worthwhile career that benefits the community."
For more information about supporting the Butte College Foundation's David F. Mobilio Memorial Scholarship, call (530) 895-2359 or visit www.buttefoundation.org.
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Butte College is designated as a Regional Law Enforcement Training Center by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and will graduate its 123rd academy class of 37 recruits on Thursday, June 11, at 6 p.m., at the Paradise Performing Arts Center. The intensive and challenging law enforcement academy program is 23 weeks long, five days per week.