SACRAMENTO – The office of Sen. Jeff Denham (R-Merced) said he recently introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 120 to honor Earl Scott, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer. He was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Highway 99 in Stanislaus County on Febr. 17, 2006.
“Officer Earl Scott is a fallen hero who put his life on the line protecting all of our families,” said Denham. “His murder is a tragedy that will forever haunt his family and our community.”
SCR 120 specifically will designate the stretch of Highway 99 between Modesto and Salida as the “CHP Officer Earl Scott Memorial Highway.” After legislative approval of the resolution, the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) will coordinate the placement of privately paid-for signage marking the designation.
Scott was 36 years old and had been with the CHP for five years. He came from a long line of family members who have worked in the CHP, including his father, two uncles and a cousin. He was a frequent volunteer for community causes such the “Shave the Brave” fundraiser for cancer victims and he often took youth Law Enforcement Explorers on ride-alongs. He is survived by his father, stepmother and sister.
“While Officer Scott’s murderer was recently sentenced to a life term in prison, that can never make up for the heinous and heartless crime he committed,” Denham said in a news release. “The CHP Officer Earl Scott Memorial Highway will serve as a daily reminder of Officer Scott’s bravery and dedication to duty.”
At the request of prosecutors who were concerned about increasing pre-trial news coverage, Denham had waited until the criminal case against Scott’s murder had been resolved before introducing a resolution honoring Scott. Senator Dave Cogdill and Assemblymembers Bill and Tom Berryhill are coauthors of SCR 120, according to the news release.