Officer Dana Everett Paladini

Officer Dana Everett Paladini

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, July 4, 1972

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Dana Everett Paladini

Officer Dana Paladini was killed when he was accidentally struck by a bullet that ricocheted off of a trailer.

He and a local sheriff's deputy stopped to assist at an accident involving a horse trailer. One of the horses was badly injured, and the owner asked the officers to shoot it. The deputy fired three rounds, one of which ricocheted off of the trailer and struck Officer Paladini.

He was transported to the St. Francis hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Paladini was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine months. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 7839

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accident scene

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Dana there is no way you’ll ever be forgotten. I named my son after you, you were his godfather and his father’s best friend. We spent so much time with you and Dennis was thinking of joining the CHP with you but, I was pregnant and he decided not to.
The 4th of July is always a sad day because that’s when officers came to our home to inform us of your passing and ask Dennis go with them to inform your mother Nellie; which was his wish.
My memories are so clear of what a wonderful friend you were to everyone and the godfather you were to you name sake.
Dennis had never been the same since loosing you and our entire family will love you forever.

Whitney Walker aka Mulvany
Mother of your Godson and Name sake

September 14, 2022

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