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Funeral Rites Set for Decorated Santa Ana Officer Frank Stastny

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Funeral services are scheduled today for Officer Frank Stastny, a decorated, 25-year veteran of the Santa Ana Police Department, who died at his home last week of an apparent heart attack, a department spokesman said Monday.

Stastny was 50.

“He provided an excellent example of dedication and perseverance for us all to follow. He was just an all-around great guy, kind of quiet and unassuming but a really hard worker,” spokesman Bob Clark said.

Stastny joined the Police Department in 1969 and served as a patrol officer for three years before he was promoted to investigator. He later worked in several departments, including general investigations, juvenile investigation, robbery/homicide, sexual assaults and parental child abductions, Clark said.

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In 1990, Stastny received a commendation for his work in investigating sex crimes; prosecutors obtained convictions in 92% of the cases he worked on, Clark said.

“The law enforcement community, and in particular his family and those of us who knew him, will miss him deeply,” Clark said.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 566 S. Glassell St., in Orange, Clark said.


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