Officer Glenn Carlson Memorial Bypass Dedication
A crowd of approximately 80 people gathered on the side of Highway 267 at Old Brockway Road for the dedication ceremony of the CHP Officer Glenn Carlson Memorial Bypass last week.
Family and friends of slain-officer Glenn Carlson joined a large contingent of California Highway Patrol officers, members of the Truckee Police Department, Cal-Trans employees and representatives from the California state Senate and Town of Truckee.
Gunned down in the line of duty on Nov. 15, 1963, Carlson was in the process of building a house in Truckee for his wife Jane and their three children: Sven, 7 at the time, Coleen, 6, and Eric, who turned 4 the day after his father’s death.
Carlson was fatally shot by bank robbers who had just robbed a Bank of America branch in Sacramento and were driving a stolen car. He had pulled the vehicle over on what is now Donner Pass Road near Donner Lake and was walking toward the car when he was shot.
After a full-scale manhunt in the Truckee/Tahoe area, the three men responsible for the shooting were all taken into custody and indicted in the murder.
Carlson’s widow Jane and son Eric were both at the dedication ceremony along with other relatives, old neighbors and family friends. Also in attendance were Truckee mayor Ted Owens, CHP Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations Manny Padilla, Truckee area CHP Commander Gary Ross and Nancy Lundgren who came as a representative of Senator Thomas Oller.
Lundgren presented the Carlson family with a framed copy of the bill that officially designates the 267 bypass as the “CHP Officer Glenn Carlson Memorial Bypass.”
Eric Carlson addressed the crowd at the ceremony with tears in his eyes, and thanked the CHP for the support it has given his family over the years. “This dedication means a lot to the CHP and to our family,” he said. “CHP officers still keep in touch with us. They still don’t forget.”
Eric expressed his gratitude to those officers and other members of the Truckee community who embraced the family after the Carlson’s death. CHP officers would come by on their days off to help finish the house that Carlson had been building and to check on how the young family was getting along.
The ceremony ended with Carlson’s family posing for pictures under the sign bearing the new dedication and remembering an officer who gave his life serving our community.
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