By Capt. Marc Shaw, Commander of the Baldwin Park area office of the California Highway Patrol:
Thank you CHP
Throughout the year, there are numerous
days and weeks designated to honor groups and/or individuals. The
week of April 15th is designated as National Volunteer
Week and the men and women who comprise this very special group are
As the commander of the CHP office in
Baldwin Park, I am incredibly fortunate to have a cadre of senior
volunteers that exemplify exactly what it means to fill such a
special role. The ten men and one woman who give unselfishly of
their time and energy donated over five thousand hours of service in
2011. Some assist the support staff working in the office, others
participate in ride alongs with officers, many attend impaired driver
checkpoints and hand out literature to those driving through, while a
couple assist in the maintenance and preparation of patrol vehicles.
No matter what task they take on, it is always done with dedication
and a smile.
The volunteers come from a diverse
background and their lifelong experiences are beneficial to everyone
in the command. Many times, I find myself in awe as they share a
story about their past. Perhaps the most fascinating characteristic
of these amazing people is that they seek nothing in return. In
fact, they often thank ME for allowing them to be a part of our
Each day I count my blessings and
remind myself how lucky I am to have Denis, Dennis, Henry, Jim,
Perry, Ray, Rich, Rudy, Sandy, Sam, and Sherm working side by side
with my team. They are amazing! Not only can they teach us a thing
or two about volunteering, every day they teach us how to be better
“What we have done for ourselves
alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world
remains and is immortal.” ~ Albert Pike
Captain Marc Shaw
Baldwin Park Area CHP
*The California Highway Patrol originally reported incorrect information regarding this story. It has been updated below.
WEST COVINA – A man was killed in a fatal crash Monday, California Highway Patrol officials said Tuesday.
Gustavo Cesena, of West Covina, was killed about 10:30 p.m. Monday, said Officer Heather Hoglund. Cesena was not wearing his seat belt, Hoglund said.
COMPTON — In what investigators are calling a “domestic violence-related incident,” an off-duty CHP officer shot and killer her husband late Saturday.
Few details of the shooting were released Sunday.
The incident occurred just after 11 p.m. in the 400 block of Amantha Avenue in Compton, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Neither the dead man nor the officer were identified.
“The suspect became verbally and physically combative toward the off-duty officer and the victim was able to retreive a firearm and shoot the suspect once in the upper torso,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Rick Pedroza said in a written release.
“The investigation is ongoing, and there is no further information available at this time,” he said.
LayDownMyLife.com, A Web site devoted to the memories of CHP officers who have died in the line of duty, has set up a page dedicated to Joe Sanders.
On Monday, Dec. 15, Sanders was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of a previous accident on Pomona Freeway in Hacienda Heights.
Yes we make mistakes:
This was in a story of ours posted on the web earlier today:
“The driver, a 61-year-old-man, failed to see the victim and ran his 2003 Saturn into the victim, according to the CHP.
The officers at the scene showed signs of being drunk, and was booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, after failing several sobriety tests.”
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