Procession honors sergeant killed in ‘college night’ bar massacre

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - A procession took place Thursday morning for the Ventura County sergeant killed while responding to a mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks nightclub the night before.

Sgt. Ron Helus was one of 13 people, including the gunman, who died in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Helus’ body was transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office at 10 a.m., the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

The motorcade traveled westbound on Janss Road and southbound on Lynn Road to the northbound 101 Freeway, the Sheriff’s Office stated.

Helus was the first responder to the mass shooting and was immediately hit by gunfire, Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

The 29-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office leaves behind a wife and a son.

The sheriff says he told Helus’ wife “he died a hero because he went in to save lives.”

There is a verified GoFundMe campaign to help families who lost a loved one in the massacre.