On August 10, 2018, at approximately 9:01 AM, CHP motorcycle Officer Kirk Griess, #15810, was on a traffic stop behind an SUV on the right shoulder of westbound I-80, near Manuel Campos Parkway, when for still to be determined reasons, a white Chevrolet pickup truck veered towards his location. The pickup then collided with the CHP motorcycle, Officer Griess, and the SUV.
Sadly, Officer Griess did not survive his injuries. Kirk was a well-respected member of his Vacaville community. He was also a well-loved and respected veteran officer with over 19 years of experience with the California Highway Patrol.
Minutes before the daily briefing was set to begin for a recent pre-dawn shift at the California Highway Patrol’s Westminster office, Officer Tony Nguyen paused to look at a display showing photos and badge numbers of the station’s cops.
Organized by rank and seniority, his photo is in the top row of active officers, while his son Stephen’s is close to the bottom.
After a four-year tenure, the commander of the Clear Lake Area office of the California Highway Patrol has retired, with plans to continue his successful and lifesaving efforts to educate student athletes and their families about congenital heart defects, which brought heartbreak to his own family.
Three Anderson police officers and two officers with the CHP Northern Division Air Operations were presented with Medals of Valor this week for their heroic acts in an officer-involved shooting and saving lives during the Atlas Fire.
Automobile collisions have been the leading cause of death for American teens for generations. Since 2007, Impact Teen Drivers has emerged as a leading non-profit organization dedicated to reversing this pervasive yet 100 percent-preventable crisis. Impact Teen Drivers’ mission is to change the culture of driving forever thereby saving lives not only in this generation of drivers, but also in all future generations of drivers.