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Fallen officers may be honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hahn estimates the cost of the signs will be approximately $3,000. The department would like to place signs in both the northbound and southbound directions. “We are hoping to get it passed by the anniversary in 2006,” Hahn said. “Usually there’s no problem in getting these through.” Officer John Jordon of the CHP’s Sacramento office said there may be a delay because the resolutions have yet to be introduced. “There’s a chance it will be late March; then by the time it works its way through committees, it might be the latter part of 2006,” Jordon said. “By the time funds are acquired, it will probably be dedicated in 2007.” Until then, four sturdy cypress trees and a brass plaque in front of the CHP Newhall office on The Old Road tell the story of the fallen officers, less than a mile from their last stand, unnoticed by traffic whizzing by on the nearby freeway. NEWHALL – The wheels are in motion to dedicate a half-mile stretch of the Golden State Freeway between Magic Mountain Parkway and Rye Canyon Road to four fallen California Highway Patrol officers who died nearby on April 6, 1970. The four officers – George Alleyn, Walter Frago, Roger Gore and James Pence – were killed in a 4-minute gunbattle that changed forever the way police officers respond to traffic stops. Even though 35 years have passed since that fateful night when two armed robbers opened fire on the officers, the “Newhall Incident” is considered the worst tragedy in CHP history. Officer Wendy Hahn, who wrote the proposed resolutions honoring her slain colleagues, said that passing the legislation is only the first step. After it is approved, the department must then raise money to pay for freeway signs dedicating the stretch to the four officers. “Because there are four names, the signs have to be a little bit bigger,” she said. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more