Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Loren D. Scruggs

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, April 23, 1971

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Reflections for Officer Loren D. Scruggs

Loren, It’s been 50 since you gave your life serving our citizens on our highways. May God bless you and your family. Rest In Peace and you are always with us.

State Traffic Officer 7185 South LA CHP
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

April 23, 2021

Officer Scruggs,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USAF. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 23, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 23, 2021

Driving 101 and looked up Officer Scruggs — we hold you in our hearts and Thank God for law enforcement always

D. Burrows

January 10, 2021

Driving on your memorial freeway and thinking of you and your surviving family. My heart goes out to them! A hero remembered lives forever!

Gail Smith
Peace Officer Memorial Group

December 27, 2020

Driving on your memorial freeway and thinking of you and your surviving family. My heart goes out to them! A hero remembered lives forever!

Gail Smith
Peace Officer Memorial Group

December 27, 2020

Loren stopped me twice for speeding I'm ashamed to say. For some reason he took me under his tutelage and had me ride with him several times showing me his side. This friendship prompted me into applying with the CHP and while working as a Reserve with Santa Maria Police Dept. I received an academy date shortly after Loren was shot. Ended up choosing the SMPD and never disappointed. Loren was a hell of an inspiration.

Steven Burginger, Lieutenant
Santa Maria Police Department

April 23, 2020

To his daughter Lauren, your father was an example for all of us CHPY’s to strive for. I was working in South LA when we heard of the tragedy. Losing a fellow brother in Blue and Gold is always hard but several of our traffic officers in South LA had nothing but good things to say about your father. I hope you and your family always know that we will and have never forgotten your father. God bless each and every one of you.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol, South Los Angeles 1969-1971, 1973

April 22, 2020

If there is any single officer that projected the image of what a CHP officer should be, it was Loren Scruggs. I was a young police officer at Santa Maria PD and had gotten to know Loren mainly from his bookings at our jail. He was always professional and always friendly. On April 20, 1971 as Officer Scruggs was writing a woman a citation for an unregistered vehicle, a man drove up and asked for directions to Pismo Beach, then pulled out a gun and shot him. The community, law enforcement , and the world lost a good man. After 49 years, the people who worked with him still miss him.

Ernest Kapphahn
former Santa Maria PD

April 20, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Scruggs.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 2, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 47th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 23, 2018

I just saw the episode on line of the events which led to your death. Be it known by the family of Officer Scruggs that he will never be forgotten.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

December 15, 2017

RIP brother, you will never be forgotten.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police Dept.

March 24, 2017

I was a young news photographer and always think of Loren when I pass by the highway sign with his name on highway 101 north of Santa Maria: He was one of the really nice guys and more importantly, one of the good people in the world - HE was out there working for us all.

Robert W. Ginn

March 17, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Thank you for your service Officer Scruggs. May you be at heaven's gates to greet us all.

Detective III Julie Scruggs

October 31, 2014

Rest In Peace Officer Scruggs, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

April 23, 2013

I never realized how many people loved and felt so highly of my daddy untill the day of the Memorial. It was so amazing the heatfelt and sincere love that was felt in that room from so many people. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him or think about him, but I know he loved his job. I know he is up there watching over me now. I was very blessed to have him the short time I did! Love ya 2-5 daddy Jackie

Lauren J. Scruggs

August 21, 2011

Rest in Peace, Officer Scruggs. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 38 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 28, 2009

May Your Soul Rest - In - Peace.......

Maj M. B. Parlor

April 23, 2008

Keep resting easy Brother knowing the Blue and Gold NEVER forgets our own.. God Bless All

Calif Hwy Patrol.Ret.

April 23, 2008

Thank you for your years of service and your sacrifice, Officer.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
Matthew 5:9

A Citizen

July 2, 2006

We lived on the military base near lompoc. I was in third grade when Ofc. scruggs visited our class. That same week he was killed. I remember our class giving him a prayer. I still haven't forgot him. I am near 20 years myself. I will never forget him. May he continue to rest in peace.

Sgt. Rob Lund
Tucson Police Dept, AZ

November 9, 2005

After 33 years I still remember. You were the father of my friend Don who I went to school with. You helped on our little league team when you were not working, You helped my mother when she was stranded on the highway. Most of all, I've been an officer now for 17 years inspired and never forgetting you and your family's sacrifice. Thankyou

PIII Richard Wall
Los Angeles PD

April 9, 2004

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