With escort vehicles wailing and onlookers shedding tears, the body of slain California Highway Patrolman Kenyon Youngstrom made a last trip Monday down the highways the 37-year-old officer was sworn to protect.
Co-workers lined Benicia Road in in front of the CHP Golden Gate Division Headquarters on Benicia Road in Vallejo as a hearse carrying Youngstrom’s body made its way slowly to the freeway.
“He worked upstairs and we (the dispatchers) work downstairs so we saw him on a daily basis,” said dispatcher Amy Harris as she and other workers and officers awaited the motorcade.
Youngstrom was shot during a routine traffic stop last Tuesday in Alamo and died on Wednesday at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek.
“He was a really nice, really good officer,” said Gina Walls, a dispatcher at the Golden Gate Division. “He was a good family guy.”
A memorial service honoring Youngstrom is planned for Thursday in Vacaville.