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Officer Brian M. Law | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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Brian M. Law

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 17, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 18896

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer Brian Law and Officer Juan Gonzalez were killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to an accident call on Highway 99, near Bethel Avenue, in Kingsburg at approximately 6:00 am.

Both officers were riding in the same cruiser responding to the accident, which had been incorrectly reported in the northbound lanes of Highway 99. As they responded to the scene they came upon the accident in the southbound lanes with one of the victims in their travel lane. The patrol car swerved in an attempt to avoid striking the victim, struck the guardrail, and overturned.

They both suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

Officer Law had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Juan Jaime Gonzalez
California Highway Patrol, California
End of Watch: Monday, February 17, 2014
Cause: Automobile accident

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Hey there baby boy, I just got back from your Highway Dedication in Selma, CA. You know there were a lot of people there. And a shit load of the Oakland CHP guy's were there. They must really care about you. It's at least a 3 hour drive from Oakland to Fresno, and if you double that for the trip back and then the gas money. Although gas has gone down considerably since the last time you drove. I do know that you would be surprised that at least 5 guys got tattoos in your honor and I don't think that they got drunk before they got them. You know Brian I never knew how many people there were that really liked you, that really cared about you. I don't know why I thought it was only me and your family that cared about you. I know that you probably don't know but I talked to the first CHP guy that arrived on the scene, he said he knew you. He told me what he saw when he arrived on the scene, he told me he knew it was bad before he even arrived. Anyway the ceremony was a very nice event except for the underlying reason why. You know Brian when you were growing up I knew you were different from me in that you had more courage than me. I could see that even when you were very young. You would act without having to think about it. I would have to perform calculations in my head and that would take time. Some would say that was impulsive but you know in some jobs that is exactly what is required. So it was really not a great surprise that you enlisted into the Marines and later joined the CHP. So now time is moving on and it's over a year since you've been gone, pretty soon it will be 5 years and as time passes on your memory will grow dim for most. But there will be a precious few that will remember you until nature has it's way with us with Alzheimer or some other terrible aging disease. But the good news is that when and if that happens it will mean that the time is drawing near that I will be able to see my baby boy again. Carol & you have been the source of my being able to step one foot in front of the other in that slow parade of life. That inspiration is the motivation that prevents one from just laying down and surrendering to the perils and dangers of life. So now that we are home from the freeway dedication event and the next and for me the last event (the CHP Memorial at the CHP Academy) in the end of the Brian Law chapter in the life of Dennis Law is drawing near in May of 2015. So now I am left to find your replacement as incentive to step one foot in front of the other in that slow parade of life. Oh by the way I found the courage to step up in front of the crowd at the freeway dedication and say what I told you many times when you were here. "This is my son in whom I am well pleased" Just so you know I'm not the first one that said that statement. God said that to the crowd on the occasion of the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. I love you baby boy.

TSgt Dennis Law
USAF (Ret)
February 19, 2015

 

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