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 Paladini was killed when he was accidentally struck by a bullet which 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.

Officer Paladini had been with the agency for nine months.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 7839

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Dana, I remember that bright sunny day in 1972 and how young and proud you were. I will always have a place in my heart for you and I will never forget you. I still wear your ODMP T-shirt and I I’m always telling people I run into about you. Your career was short but your service was very full. God Bless your family and continue to watch over our brothers and sisters in Blue. God Bless the California Highway Patrol and God Bless you.

State Traffic Officer 7185 and United St
California Highway Patrol/SLA Area 530

July 4, 2019

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