Reno Police Officer Funeral Held Wednesday

By: Jennifer Hardy Email
By: Jennifer Hardy Email


Officer Scott C. Sorensen was hired by the Reno Police Department on September 26, 1988 at the age of 24.  Officer Sorensen worked a number of assignments throughout his career.  He started his career in the Patrol Division where he worked until 1993. 

In 1993, Officer Sorensen transferred into the newly formed Horse Mounted Unit.  Officer Sorensen served in the mounted unit, along with his horse Utah until 1998 when he returned back to Patrol. 

Soon after, he began volunteering his time as a TFO or Tactical Flight Observer in the newly formed RAVEN Unit, or Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit.  Officer Sorensen was assigned to RAVEN for over 8 years.  While assigned to RAVEN, Officer Sorensen was deputized by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and was also the unit’s Training Officer. 

In 1999, Officer Sorensen was awarded the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Meritorious Service for locating and saving the life of an individual stranded in a remote area north of Reno, NV. 

Officer Sorensen returned to Patrol in 2008 where he continued his career until 2012.  From then until 2013, Officer Sorensen was assigned to the Training Division where he assisted with the development of recruit officers. 

In 2013, Officer Sorensen was posthumously awarded the Reno Police Department Chief’s Commendation Medal for his years of exemplary and dedicated service to the City of Reno.

RENO, NV -- A public memorial service for Reno Police Officer Scott Sorensen is being held at Lawlor Events Center Wednesday morning; it started at 10AM.

Traffic is impacted and you may wish to seek alternate routes.

The northbound lanes of Virginia Street between 15th Street and Sierra/Comstock are closed to all traffic except police vehicles. Southbound lanes are temporarily converted into two-way traffic for business access and access to the university at 16th and 17th streets. EXPECT DELAYS ON VIRGINIA. It is recommended to use alternate routes (Sierra Street or Evans Avenue) between 8:00am and 12:30pm.

15th Street between Virginia and Stadium Way is closed to all traffic except funeral procession vehicles.

The metered parking lot south of Lawlor Events Center is closed to the public until noon.

For traffic information, tune into AM 1670 for information.

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