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CHP grieves recent loss of five officers

Posted: June 29, 2010 11:26 a.m.
Updated: June 29, 2010 1:53 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO -- Since May 7, 2010, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has suffered the loss of five officers who died in the line of duty.

The CHP appreciates the assistance and outpouring of support it's received throughout the nation.

"No words can describe the loss felt by our department and the families of these fallen heroes," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. "As we mourn their recent losses, our brave and dedicated officers vow to honor the memory of their fallen comrades by continuing to carry out the CHP's mission of providing the highest level of safety, service, and security to the motoring public."

For more than 80 years, CHP officers have put their lives on the line to make sure our roadways and communities are safe.

During those 80 years, 220 uniformed members of our organization have made the ultimate sacrifice in their efforts to make California's roadways some of the safest in the nation.

"It's times like these that re-emphasize how dangerous this profession is and it strengthens the resolve of the men and women of the CHP," said California Association of Highway Patrolmen President Rob Nelson. "It is imperative that the loss of these officers serve as a reminder to the public to be cautious when approaching emergency incidents on the highway."

In 2007, the Move Over, Slow Down law went into effect in California. This law requires a person who is driving a vehicle on a freeway and approaching a lane immediately adjacent to a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying emergency lights, or a stopped tow truck that is displaying flashing amber warning lights, to move out of that lane when legal, safe and practicable.

"Many of these tragedies involving our officers and other highway workers and emergency personnel could be avoided," Farrow said. "While the department is committed to the highest level of training for every officer, it is every motorist's responsibility to drive attentively and exercise caution on the roadway."

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