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Corrections Officer Mylene G. Zalar | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Corrections Officer

Mylene G. Zalar

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Thursday, September 11, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Corrections Officer Mylene Zalar and Corrections Officer Paul Beridon were killed in a vehicle crash on California 108, between Oakdale and Jamestown, at approximately 3:45 am.

The officers were en route to the Sierra Conservation Center, in Jamestown, to conduct a prisoner transport when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and struck their department issued 1987 AMC Eagle station wagon head-on. Officer Beridon, who was driving, and Officer Zalar, who was sitting in the backseat, were both killed. A third officer in the front passenger seat suffered severe injuries but survived.

Officer Zalar is survived by her mother and brother.

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May 29-"Memorial Day (Monday)"-2017

Dear Mylene;

20 years ago today you were kind enough to have invited me over to your parents home on "Memorial Day (Monday)."

As I left at around 6pm to go back home to get ready for my last week at work for my State of California job in Los Angeles before moving to another part of California (3 hours away) for a promotional opportunity that I had accepted about 2 week earlier with an effective date of June 02, 1997.

I "knew" that this would probably be the "last time" that I would "see you in person" for at least a year.

Less than 4 months later you and your co-worker had both died in a work related auto accident near Stockton, California which is about 6 hours north of where your parents lived at in Southern California.

Attending your funeral along with thousands of other of your co-workers, I cried as they did during your Eulogy in that Lutheran Church that you attended near your home. There was so many of your friends at your gravesite that I literally could NOT see when they lowered your casket into the ground.

Last February of 2016, I attended your biological mother's funeral as she was buried adjacent to you that your younger brother had organized along with his wife. That was the 2nd time that I visited your gravesite since September 11, 1997 when I had moved back to the Ontario, California area. Two days after your mother was buried, I drove back to your gravesite and took 21 photos of your metal grave marker. Once those photos were developed, I then mailed them out to your brother, and to some of yours and mine common co-workers, many of whom had since retired from their State jobs and moved out of California. That was my 3rd visit to your gravesite.

This morning I drove out to see for the 4th time now. I bought a floral arrangement of 7 pink Tulips from Walmart to place on your grave. Somebody else had just put 2 different potted flower plants onto your grave before I got there today at around 9 am. (I think they must have been placed by your only brother who also must STILL miss you like crazy as I do). Before I got out of my V.W. car, I told myself that I was NOT going to cry this time. And I didn't.
I took 21 more photos of today's visit and took the film afterwards to the CVS Pharmacy in Chino, California to get developed.

20 years later, Mylene, I don't know what else to say.

Except that you were a good Christian woman, a great State of California employee who was also going to be promoted after having just scored extremely well on a Statewide promotional exam and that you would have made some lucky person a wonderful Proverbs, Chapter 31 wife.

Mylene, I didn't CRY over you this morning not because I didn't want to. But instead because there are no more tears left inside of me after mourning your tragic death so many times in between this visible/invisible time gap of these last 20 consecutive years.

We first met in person in December of 1992. And we last met in person on "Memorial Day (Monday)" in 1997.

Yet I can still visualize very clearly your big smiles and your beautiful blue eyes set against the backdrop of your long, gorgeous red hair.

You were so perfect and I was so imperfect.

In closing, it was love at first sight for me back in December of 1992. And nearly 25 years later, I still think about you at least several times a day.


Dean Caldwell, Jr.

D. Caldwell, Jr. , State Parole Agent
California Department of Corrections
May 29, 2017


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