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.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) swore in 51 new officers today during a graduation ceremony at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. Throughout 28 weeks of training, these men and women have been preparing to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security. Following today’s graduation ceremony, report to their new assignment on Monday, August 13, where they will begin serving communities throughout the state.
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