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.
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.
I recently received a phone call from my 19-year-old nephew who wanted to let me know he plans on applying to become an officer with the California Highway Patrol. “I want to be a CHP officer like you.” Instantly, I felt a sense of pride, as my chosen career path has had such a positive impression on him.
Nuns who got stuck on the 605 Freeway in a broken down van had a little help from a “guardian angel” when a CHP officer showed up and tweeted about it. John Cadiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 4 Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
California Highway Patrol motorcycle Officer Kirk Griess, a 19-year veteran, was remembered during a memorial service today as a devoted family man, a “cop’s cop” and a “beach blond porcupine” for his perfect hair with silver tips that earned him the nickname “Hollywood.”
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