A DAY TO REMEMBER “On August 10, 2018, Solano CHP Officer Kirk Griess, along with motorist Mr. Jaime Manuel, were both killed by a motorist driving on the shoulder of westbound I-80 at Manuel Campos Parkway, in the city of Fairfield. One year later, on August 10, 2019, another Solano CHP sergeant, was on the right shoulder of eastbound I-80 at Manuel Campos Parkway when he was struck by an impaired motorist. Luckily, on a day when the CHP, the community and the state of California remember and mourn the tragic loss of Officer Griess, our sergeant was released from NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, CA, with minor injuries. Every member of the CHP recognizes the dangers associated with our profession, nevertheless, my plea to the community is twofold: 1. Don’t drink and drive, there are many alternatives to driving impaired 2. When you see a drunk driver on the freeways, call 911 to report it. The Golden Gate Division counts with more than 120 hardworking public safety dispatchers who are ready to take your call and alert CHP personnel patrolling the highways. In fact, with your help, almost 50% of the 911 calls we receive to report an impaired driver results in the apprehension and CHP arrest of the impaired driver. In closing, we thank you for your continued support and ask that you continue to pray for the safety of all first responders and their families and that today your thoughts and prayers also be with the family of Kirk Griess.” Thank you, Golden Gate Division Chief, Ernie Sanchez
NEVER FORGOTTEN On Friday, August 10, 2018, at approximately 9:01 AM, Officer Kirk A. Griess, ID 15810, was conducting a traffic stop behind a Saturn Vue on the right shoulder of westbound Interstate 80, east of Manuel Campos Parkway. A Chevrolet pickup, driven by a distracted driver, traveled onto the shoulder and struck Officer Griess, his departmental motorcycle, and the Saturn. Officer Griess suffered major injuries and was transported to NorthBay Medical Center where, despite the valiant efforts of the paramedics and medical professionals, Officer Griess succumbed to his injuries. Officer Griess was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had served with the California Highway Patrol for 19 years, and was assigned to the CHP - Solano Area. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and son. www.chpmemorialwallfoundation
SERGEANT BOOKBINDER RETIRES AFTER 23 YEARS OF STATE SERVICE During his 23 years of state service and over 21 year career in aviation with CHP, Sergeant Richard Bookbinder, #14618, worked with and trained, mentored, and supervised dozens of pilots and flight officers, and did so with steadfast focus and dedication. On behalf of the men and women of Golden Gate Division, we commend him on an excellent career of service to the citizens of California and wish him well in his future endeavors. Sergeant Bookbinder had been assigned to Air Operations at California Highway Patrol Headquarters, CHP – Valley Division, and CHP - Coastal Division before finishing his career with Golden Gate Division.
#Trivia Tuesday If you want to legally use the High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV) or Carpool Lane, does your passenger have to be a real human?
DIVISION ALL COMMANDERS CONFERENCE A Division All Commanders Conference was recently held with all Golden Gate division commander’s in attendance (pictured below). The main focus of the meeting was sharing best practices and ensuring a unified vision across all the Area commands within the Division. This event was held at the Benicia Fire Department, who graciously hosted this important event.
We are extremely grateful to the CHP Memorial Wall Foundation for helping one of our exceptional employees and his his family recently during a time of personal tragedy. Pictured is Assistant Chief B. J. Whitten and Captain Les Bishop with CHP Memorial Wall Foundation President, Dee Silva, who presented Motor Carrier Specialist Bryan Pearson with a check for $6,000.00. Mr. Pearson’s wife unexpectedly passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family.
Air-37 on night patrol...
Air-37 night shift
Happy 4th everyone. Stay safe...
**Happy Retirement Sgt. Andrews** Today we say goodbye to Sgt. Jim Andrews as he retires and moves onto his next chapter of flight. Sgt. Andrews transferred to us in 2001 as our fix wing pilot. Feeling the need to hover, Jim obtained his helicopter ratings and transitioned over to the helicopter side as a helicopter pilot. After over a decade of flying as a line pilot, Jim promoted to the rank of Sgt allowing him to become our unit supervisor. Sgt Andrews has flown thousands of hours patrolling the San Francisco Bay Area assisting the California Highway Patrol, along with every other law enforcement and fire agency we serve. Sgt Andrews and his crews are responsible for thousands of arrests, medevacs and rescues of those in need. Jim, although you probably won’t miss landing on a two lane road with no margin for error, the end of shift mission or the “we are ok but...” phone calls, know you will be missed by all of us here at the unit. You have been our friend, coworker and mentor to all of us. Stay safe as you tour the world on your next adventure.
Golden Gate Division with Marin CHP through the years...
MEDIA ADVISORY - CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL TEAM UP TO SAVE LIVES DURING “I-80 CHALLENGE” SACRAMENTO, Calf. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) aim to reduce speed-related injury collisions and fatalities along Interstate 80 from San Francisco, Calif. to the Nevada/Utah Stateline from Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 6:01 PM – Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM. This will be accomplished through enhanced traffic safety education and enforcement along this section of the National Highway System. During the “I-80 Challenge,” the CHP and NHP will increase traffic safety operations to educate motorists and take appropriate enforcement action on drivers who violate traffic laws along Interstate 80. WHO: Mike Harris – California Highway Patrol, Public Information Officer Hannah Walcott - California Highway Patrol, Public Information Officer Hannah DeGoey - Nevada Highway Patrol, Public Information Officer WHEN: Tuesday – July 2nd - 10 a.m. WHERE: CHP Antelope Scales, Eastbound Interstate 80 between Elkhorn Blvd. and Antelope Ave. Access the scales from Interstate 80 eastbound after the Elkhorn Blvd. VISUALS: CHP and NHP patrol vehicles staged for photos, PIOs available for interviews, vehicles staged for ride alongs. Please note, this is not a press conference but an opportunity to get interviews about the I-80 Challenge with Golden Gate Division CHP, Valley Division CHP, and Nevada Highway Patrol officers.
Air-31 over The City...
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Tara O’Sullivan’s family, friends, colleagues, and the Sacramento Police Department...
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY From our family to yours, Happy Father’s Day. Please drive safely.
H-32 on a recent hoist in Sonoma County...
MEDIA ADVISORY: CHP MEMORIAL CEREMONY The CHP Memorial Wall Foundation and CHP – Golden Gate Division will be hosting the 7th Annual CHP Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10 AM. This ceremony honors the lives and legacy of the 39 CHP Officers who died in the line of duty while assigned to the San Francisco Bay Area. Congressman Mike Thompson will join Chief Ernie Sanchez as they pay respect to the family members of these heroic CHP Offices who sacrificed their lives for the safety of others. Members of the press are invited to attend; however, we ask that they arrive at 9:15 AM to set up their equipment well in advance of this event. This ceremony will take place at 1551 Benicia Road, Vallejo, California 94591. Additionally, we will Facebook Live this ceremony tomorrow on the CHP - Golden Gate Division Facebook page.
OPERA MAN inspired Friday HWY-4 Enforcement If you drive very fast - ‘o’ We will give you a ticket - ‘o’ And you say you have no license - ‘O’ Wave bye-bye van & that’s finit-O #hwy4 #slowdown #besafe @adamsandler
**Northern California Hoist Training** While Air-37 and H-32 have been fighting crime and rescuing those in need, CHP H-30 has been in the sierras training. CHP Helicopter crews from Northern California are conducting an intense 7 day hoist rescue training program with Air Rescue Systems. This program allows our crews to focus on fine tuning their hoisting skills for both the CHP Pilot and the CHP Flight Officer/Paramedic. Each officer will conduct between 120 and 140 hoist evolutions each!
WHAT ARE THE ODDS? A CHP Officer issued a traffic citation to a motorist for traveling at 89 mph in a 65 mph maximum speed zone, California Vehicle Code Section 22349, which just happened to match the patrol vehicle’s odometer reading. Please drive the speed limit everyone.
IN OUR GRATITUDE On Monday we celebrated National Administration Professionals’ Day to pay much deserved recognition and offer our utmost gratitude to the Administrative Professionals that support us in our daily operations. It is because of their diligence and steadfast devotion to duty behind the scenes that help provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to our San Francisco Bay Area community.
Sometimes they just find us...no one is safe from DUI drivers. (Submitted by CHP-Castro Valley Area)
PSD LORI SILVEIRA RECEIVES NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL LOCAL 9-1-1 HEROES AWARD On November 8, 2018, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Public Safety Dispatcher (PSD) Lori Silveira came in to work a voluntary overtime detail and definitely had her work cut out for her that day. At 7:46 pm, PSD Silveira receiver an incoming cellular 9-1-1 emergency call from a terrified eight-year-old little girl named Elizabeth. Elizabeth was witnessing a domestic violence incident involving both of her parents; her father was beating her mother while she was driving them home from work. Elizabeth was traumatized, witnessing this unfold from the backseat of the family car. PSD Silveira quickly realized that this was no ordinary 9-1-1 caller and she would have to switch her emergency call taking techniques to meet the needs of her young caller. PSD Silveira’s number one priority was to humanize the call and earn the child’s trust. Once Lori and Elizabeth were on a first name basis, Lori proceeded with caution while extracting critical information needed for the responding units. Although Elizabeth repeatedly told Lori that she was “really scared”, Lori was able to simultaneously reassure her about how brave she was while still encouraging her to answer more questions. Until the units were able to make an enforcement stop, Lori was able to keep Elizabeth calm by telling Elizabeth that the officers who were coming to help were her friends. In order to assist the officers with locating the vehicle on the freeway, Lori established with Elizabeth that she was on an iPhone and not only talked her through how to turn on the flashlight, but provide instructions on how to point the light out the back window and wave it so the officers could figure out which vehicle she was in. PSD Silveira did and exceptional job keeping Elizabeth calm and stayed on the phone with her until CHP – Contra Costa Area units were able to pull the vehicle over and detain the involved parties. PSD Silveira’s attentiveness to this child’s fragile state of mind was critical in order to establish a viable line of communication throughout the incident. She is commended for keeping the well-being of the child, her moth
If you don’t think we are serious about Maximum Enforcement Period, we’ll even have JoJo (chihuahua) on the road looking for violators this weekend! Works for unlimited Taco Bell & trips to the pet parlor. Already has its game face! Pic courtesy of motor officer Wood (Oakland CHP).
**Patrolled By Aircraft, CHP I-80 Challenge** In support of the California and Nevada Highway Patrols I-80 Challenge, CHP Helicopter H-32 located this rider who was weaving in and out of traffic and at speeds close to 100 MPH while in the CHP – Contra Costa Area. CHP ground officers along with CHP aircraft will be out enforcing all laws on I-80 through the holiday. Slow down and make sure all cell phones are operated in the hands free mode.
CHP Golden Gate Division hosted the Bay Area's first ever Marijuana Traffic Safety Summit. Guest speakers included Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor from Denver Colorado Jennifer Knudsen, Toxicology Laboratory Director Kristen Burke, Chief of The Bureau of Cannabis Control Lori Ajax, Senior Inpatient Pharmacy Consultant Phillip Drum, and an array of subject matter experts from the California Highway Patrol. The purpose of the summit was to educate and address the legalization of marijuana in California and its impact on driving impaired. Thank you to all who attended this event. Together we can reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by collisions involving impaired drivers. #CHP #GoldenGateDivision #MADD #ImpairedDriving
CHP GOLDEN GATE DIVISION TO HOST MARIJUANA TRAFFIC SAFETY SUMMIT On Monday, August 27, 2018, the California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division will be hosting a Marijuana Traffic Safety Summit at the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services in Dublin. With the legalization of recreational marijuana, the race is on to ensure our California drivers realize the consequences of driving under the influence of marijuana. The Summit will begin at 8:00 a.m and will feature an array of speakers where education and awareness will be the key to reinforcing the Zero Tolerance for DUI-Marijuana mindset.
**Point Reyes, Marin County Equestrian Incident** At approximately 12:28 pm, CHP Helicopter H-30 responded with Marin County Fire Department and the National Parks Service to report of an injured horseback in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The National Parks Service located a 53 year old male on the Green Picker Trail near the Stewart’s Trail who had been thrown from a horse. The male suffered major, but non life threatening injuries. CHP H-32 landed near the scene and a CHP flight officer/paramedic began to treat the patient. When firefighters from the Marin County Fire arrived the patient was loaded into the CHP Helicopter and flown to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment. Thank you National Parks Service for the photos of the scene! CHP - Marin Point Reyes
Air 31 on patrol over the Carquinez...
Thinking about a career in Law Enforcement? Join CHP Recruitment for our Applicant Preparation Program (APP). This is your chance to learn more about an exciting career as a Highway Patrol Officer and workout with your local recruiters. Follow the link for a list of dates, times, and locations: https://www.chp.ca.gov/chp-careers/officer/seminars-events #GoldenGateDivision #CHPcareers
H-30 at departing from the Napa Airport
View of Highway 1 taken by Officer Sears in CHP Air 31
Today we lay to rest Officer Kirk Griess...Helicopters on standby for flyover
REST IN PEACE OFFICER GRIESS; YOU WILL BE MISSED On Augusts 10, 2018, at approximately 9:01 AM, CHP motorcycle Officer Kirk Griess, #15810, was on a traffic stop behind a Saturn Vue SUV on the right shoulder of westbound I-80, near Manuel Campos Parkway when, for still to be determined reasons, a white Chevrolet pickup truck veered towards his location. The pickup then collided with the CHP motorcycle, Officer Griess, and the Saturn. Sadly, Officer Griess did not survive his injuries. Kirk was a well-respected member of his Vacaville community. He was also a well-loved and respected veteran officer with over 19 years of experience with the California Highway Patrol. Kirk served his country as a United States Marine and everyone who knew Kirk knew he loved people. He was charismatic and he was the type of man known to help anyone at any time. Kirk is survived by his wife, Keri, his two adult daughters, Kadi and Kaci, and, and his son, Kole. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kirk’s family as they grieve with us during this sad time. Additionally, the driver of the Saturn also perished as a result of this tragic collision. Our thoughts and prayers are with this man’s family as well. This incident is still under active investigation.