Today, we honor Officer Gerald N. Harris. On February 27, 1974, Officer Harris was directing traffic at an intersection in Bakersfield when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. The 36-year-old patrol officer sustained a broken leg and other injuries, and his condition did not appear life-threatening. He subsequently required special medical treatment and the president of Continental...
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Today, we honor Lieutenant John C. Helmick. On February 27, 1989, Lieutenant Helmick, Red Bluff Area commander, was killed when the car he was driving crashed into a Caltrans truck parked on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 99. Lieutenant Helmick was a 20-year CHP veteran and had been commander of the Red Bluff Area for three years.
Today, we honor Officer John Bailey. On February 25, 2006, Officer Bailey was conducting a traffic enforcement stop and approached the vehicle on the passenger side to speak with the driver. As he did so, another vehicle traveled onto the shoulder at a high rate of speed and struck Officer Bailey's motorcycle, the stopped vehicle, and the officer.

The vehicle struck with such force that the...
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The ringing of the bell signifies the final "End of Watch" for our fallen brother or sister. It is a time when CHP employees come home to the Academy to gather together, mourn together, and to pay their respects together, as a family.
The CHP Commissioners recently met with Officer Jose Martinez and Officer Tim Gray at Mercy Hospital in Redding.

On December 18, 2014, Officer Gray was called out to handle a traffic collision and upon arrival, was violently attacked by the driver. Officer Grey sustained major injuries during the attack and was hospitalized for many weeks. His recovery is going well and he hopes to return...
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It’s been a tough week for California law enforcement and we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office as they grieve the loss of Deputy Sheriff Michael Foley. Deputy Foley dedicated 8 years of service to the people of Alameda County and a staggering total of 38 years of law enforcement service to the people of California. Rest in peace, Sir.
Today, we honor Officers Rick Stovall and Britt Irvine. On February 24, 1998, Officer Stovall and Officer Irvine, partners on the graveyard shift, were responding to a possible truck accident on mountainous State Route 166 east of Santa Maria. Rain and fog made visibility poor. Their route took them along the Cuyama River, swollen by recent storms. A huge section of roadway had been chewed...
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Today, we honor Officers George R. Carey, and Kenneth L. Archer. On February 24, 1982, Officer Carey and Officer Archer were killed when their air operations helicopter crashed during a search mission in the Harper Lake area west of Barstow. Officer Carey, the 47-year-old pilot, was a 17-year CHP veteran with previous service in Indio and Visalia before becoming a helicopter pilot in 1981....
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Today, we honor Officer Paul C. Jarske. On February 24, 1981, Officer Jarske was driving in snow-slush conditions when he lost control of his vehicle. Officer Jarske's patrol car skidded and left the highway, struck several obstructions then plunged into a creek, landing upside down. Officer Jarske was submerged in the water and drowned. The 47-year-old officer was a 17-year veteran of the Patrol.
Officer Lucas Chellew, #19402, was honored by his fellow officers last night in a procession from UC Davis Medical Center. This special tribute demonstrates that although he’s gone, his sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Today, we honor Officer Richard D. Duvall. On February 23, 1960, Officer Duvall's last radio message was, "I'm chasing a fast one." Duvall did not know that the motorist on U.S. Highway 66 outside Victorville was an escaped felon driving a stolen car and wanted for armed robbery. As soon as the vehicle was pulled over, the ex-convict opened fire, killing the 26-year-old patrolman. Duvall had...
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This evening at approximately 5:45 p.m., California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle Officer Lucas F. Chellew, ID 19402, was in pursuit of a motorcycle eastbound on Fruitridge Road east of State Route 99 in South Sacramento. During the pursuit, a collision occurred, causing Officer Chellew to lose control of his motorcycle.

Officer Chellew suffered major injuries, and first responders on...
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CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow was recognized for his “commitment to the community and all the service you provide to our neighborhoods, our state and our country” by the Neighborhood Market Association. Commissioner Farrow received the Senator Wadie P. Deddeh Community Service Award at the association’s banquet on February 18. The Commissioner was described as “a leader of great magnitude and...
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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss, Whittier Police Department. Our thoughts are with you, your family, and the entire Whittier community during this difficult time.
Today, we honor Officer Brian M. Law and Officer Juan J. Gonzales. On Monday, February 17, 2014, at approximately 6:08 a.m., Officers Brian M. Law, and Juan J. Gonzalez were responding to a call of a traffic collision that was reported northbound on State Route 99 near Sierra Avenue. The traffic collision involved a vehicle facing the wrong direction in the #1 lane, without any lights...
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Today, we honor Officer Earl Scott. On February 17, 2006, Officer Scott stopped a vehicle that he had observed speeding on northbound Highway 99, just south of Hammett Avenue. Officer Scott approached the vehicle and obtained the registration card from the driver. As Officer Scott walked back to his patrol car the suspect opened fire, fatally shooting him in the head. Officer Scott had served...
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Today, we honor Officer Raymond R. Carpenter. On February 17, 1970, Officer Carpenter was shot and killed by a 20-year-old motorist he stopped on Interstate 80. The car the young man was driving was proved to be stolen. Later, as officers closed in to capture Officer Carpenters killer, the suspect committed suicide. The 40-year-old patrol officer was a native of the Auburn Area where he had...
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On a day when most couples are celebrating with flowers and candy, a frantic husband was focused on getting his pregnant wife to a hospital. They were stopped by CHP - Buttonwillow for their speed, but instead of giving them a ticket, the officer ended up helping them welcome a brand new love into their life. This will definitely be a day they all remember.
The fight against Huntington's disease is very personal for California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Pimental and his family, as their daughter was recently diagnosed with this aggressive disease. Through the years, Officer Pimental and his family have donated countless hours to disability related causes and raising awareness for Huntington's disease. Through this hard work, they are...
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