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 has released a video of one of its helicopter crews performing a dramatic rescue of two British hikers who were stranded on the edge of a massive granite cliff overlooking Yosemite Valley as a major snow storm was nearing.
On Tuesday, January 9, while standing beside his emergency management and response team, Governor Newsom announced that with an emphasis on continuity and expertise, Governor Newsom will retain and reappoint California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Warren Stanley. He will also retain and reappoint Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci and California Military Department (CMD) Adjutant General David Baldwin in their current positions.
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.