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CHP honors officer who died in 1963

JESSICA LAND, Sierra Sun

California Highway Patrol officers and staff dedicated a stone memorial to the late Officer Glenn W. Carlson this week.

Officer Carlson was killed after stopping a vehicle for excessive speed in Truckee on Nov. 16, 1963. Minutes after issuing a speeding ticket, Carlson was advised by radio that the vehicle was missing from a used car lot in Sacramento.

He pursued the vehicle and stopped it a second time near the Loch Leven Lodge in Truckee. Three suspects exited the vehicle and walked toward Officer Carlson. As he ordered the men back to the vehicle, one fired shots at him, leaving him fatally wounded.

The manhunt that ensued involved virtually every lawman in the area. The three suspects were apprehended and charged with Officer Carlson’s death. Officers later learned that the men had committed a bank robbery at the Northgate branch of Bank of America in the Sacramento area and were headed to Reno for a flight to Mexico.

Family and friends of Officer Carlson gathered around the base of the flagpole at the CHP Truckee station to commemorate his sacrifice exactly 36 years after his death.

Fellow officers, town officials, his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandson attended. His wife and children are still Truckee residents.

The stone was carved by Bud Wolters of the Mountainview Mortuary and Cemetery in San Bernardino. His public service program has donated more than 20 memorials to officers killed in the line of duty.

The California Highway Patrol Association and the Truckee-Donner Historical Society have also asked the Town of Truckee to support naming the planned Highway 267 Bypass after Officer Carlson.

Guy Coates of the historical society said it is important to honor local heroes because “it fosters respect for the law.”

“It is important to honor the good job CHP does in the area,” Coates said. “It would not only recognize Officer Carlson but also would honor all the California Highway Patrolmen who do such a good job every winter.” Truckee-Donner Historical Society’s first president was a California Highway Patrolman, he added.

In Thursday’s Town Council meeting Stephen Wright, Town Manager, will present the measure to the Town Council for consideration. “The California Highway Patrol Association is looking for local political support,” said Wright.

Then if the Town Council supports it, Mayor Josh Susman will write a letter to Senator Leslie and Assemblyman Aanestad requesting state action.

“It is something that would have to be introduced by an assemblyman or a senator and then the legislature would have to approve it,” said Wright.

The state road will connect Highway 267 to Interstate 80, by-passing Donner Pass Road and downtown Truckee. Construction will take place in the next three years.


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