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Officer Juan Jaime Gonzalez | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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Juan Jaime Gonzalez

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 17, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 18935

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer Juan Gonzalez and Officer Brian Law 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 Gonzalez had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years.

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Officer Brian M. Law
California Highway Patrol, California
End of Watch: Monday, February 17, 2014
Cause: Automobile accident

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Hey Juan, I don't know if your partner told you but I'm Brian's father. On Feb 17th 2015 the anniversary of yours and Brian's death there was a freeway dedication in both of your honor. I went to it, it was a very nice event except for the underlying reason for the event. If this had not happened I probably would not have had the occasion to get to know you. I did see a video with you narrating a water skiing trip with Brian, Rebecca, Samantha Denise and yourself. So as it happens on Sunday Feb. 15th my wife and I flew into Bakersfield in order to attend the dedication. So on the way to Fresno we stopped by the cemetery in Tulare where you are buried. I looked it up on Google maps just briefly and thought there would be signs from the 99. There wasn't, then when we got to the old cemetery we saw how many people are there and were just overwhelmed that place is full. So we asked this nice woman who was taking care of the grave of her husband and she said she remembered the accident a year back and told us that more than likely you would be buried at the new cemetery since the old one was full and if you didn't own the plot already you had to go to the new cemetery. So we went there. It was much smaller and with fewer graves. We managed to find your grave and were surprised to find that 5 days earlier was your birthday. There were birthday balloons, flowers and my wife and I left you a red beer. Turns out your fiance told us that you did not drink. Oh well in the future we will bring you something else. Anyway just wanted to stop by and meet you and say hi.

TSgt Dennis Law
USAF (Ret)
February 20, 2015

 

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