Since the California Highway Patrol was formed in August 1929,
more than 220 officers have been killed on the job.
Howard Garlinger, assigned to the Kern Area, was the first
officer killed in the line of duty. He died Oct. 30, 1929, in a
Over the years, officers have died in aircraft or motor crashes
or have been senselessly shot just because they wore a badge.
Some were killed by reckless or distracted drivers as they were
performing everyday stops on the side of the road.