In the pre-dawn hours of February 17th 2014, CHP Officers Brian Law, 34 and Juan Gonzales, 33, were dispatched to an injury traffic collision on State Highway 99 near Kingsburg. The officers received information that the crash occurred in the northbound lanes. As they approached the scene from the southbound lanes, they discovered the crash was actually in the southbound lanes. Several people involved in the crash were standing in the roadway. The patrol car, driven by Gonzalez, veered off the road, apparently trying to avoid a pedestrian involved in the original collision. Both officers died at the scene.
Funeral services for the two officers were held near the Fresno CHP station. In addition to Gov. Jerry Brown and State Attorney General Kamala Harris, thousands of officers from across the country, including OCSD, descended on Fresno to pay their respects. During the service, CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow called officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez heroes and asked everybody in attendance to consider the families they left behind. "These families pay a price so incredibly high, one that society can never repay," he said. "This is the human spirit at its very finest."
The traffic death of these two officers should serve as a reminder of the hazards that we, as law enforcement officers, face every day.
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