A special commemoration and award ceremony will be held at Idlewild Park in Reno for Bunyard at the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial to commemorate his heroic efforts. The Board of Directors for the Hoff Memorial presents the award each year to those law enforcement personnel who have encountered life threatening ordeals and survived.
Bunyard was conducting a traffic stop in the rural community — with the closest back-up officers 100 miles away — when he was surprised by a violent assault Dec. 17.
Bunyard attempted to retreat to his Patrol vehicle and manually deploy his K9 partner Ben. After a lengthy and violent assault, Bunyard used extensive defensive tactics to control the subject, who he ultimately arrested.
The James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial was dedicated on October 22, 1988 in memory of Reno Police Officer James Duane Hoff, who died in the line of duty on June 25, 1979. The Hoff memorial service and awards ceremony is held every May and is scheduled in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Memorial Week honoring those who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Thursday, a somber ceremony was held on the grounds of the Nevada Capitol as the names of three officers were added to Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Carson City.
Those honored included Jack London, a Clark County sheriff’s deputy who died May 17, 1943 from injuries suffered after being struck by a vehicle while on a traffic stop.
Drug Enforcement Agent Don Ware of Las Vegas was shot in a gun battle in Mexico while conducting an undercover operation. He died years later, on Oct. 12, 2004, while undergoing surgery to repair damage from his wounds.
Also honored was Nevada Correctional Officer Tracy Hardin, who broke his ankle during a fight with an inmate. He later suffered a blood clot related to the fracture and died in January.
For more information on the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial and the Survivor Award, go to www.hoffmemorial.org.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.