The California Highway Patrol Cadet graduating class Saturday celebrated a fallen officer slain in the line of duty.
The CHP Cadet Training Class 3 of 2012 dedicated its graduation
ceremony to Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, a 37-year-old father of four who was
shot and critically injured by a driver during a routine traffic stop on
Interstate Highway 680 near Alamo Sept. 4, 2012.
Suspect Christopher Boone Lacy was shot and critically wounded by a CHP officer who arrived on scene.
Both the officer and his suspected shooter died later that day at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The news of Youngstrom's violent death shocked not only residents in his small hometown of Cordelia but also community members and CHP officers statewide.
Thousands attended his memorial service in Vacaville, from Gov. Jerry Brown and top CHP brass to law enforcement officers from around the state.
On Saturday morning, the class of 87 cadets preparing to start their own
CHP careers presented the fallen officer's widow, Karen Youngstrom, with a
plaque honoring her husband for his service.
Learning about the officer's untimely death while training at the
CHP academy had a lasting impact on the graduating class, CHP Officer John
"They knew that Officer Youngstrom made the ultimate sacrifice serving the community of Contra Costa County and the state of California," Fransen said.
"Any time you're immersed in that kind of training, it really hits home because you realize what you may eventually be called to do."
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