Salas Memorializes Fallen CHP Officer


Resolution designates CHP Officer Gerald E. Dormaier Memorial Interchange

SACRAMENTO - As Memorial Day approaches and we honor our fallen military heroes, we are reminded that there are those who have fallen protecting us here at home. Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced a measure to honor a local Veteran and Peace Officer, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Gerald E. Dormaier.

"Officer Dormaier made the ultimate sacrifice while performing his sworn duty," said Assemblymember Salas. "In recognition of his devotion and service, we pause to honor him - a Veteran and a Peace Officer."

Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) No. 78 designates the interchange at the junction of State Routes 99 and 166 in the County of Kern as the CHP Officer Gerald E. Dormaier Memorial Interchange.

Born in Arvin, Officer Dormaier attended local schools and distinguished himself through multiple Future Farmers of America contests. Shortly after graduation from Bakersfield College, Officer Dormaier joined the United States Air Force. Prior to joining the CHP, he also worked in Kern County's oil fields. Officer Dormaier entered the CHP Patrol Academy in 1966 and upon graduation, wearing Badge No. 4654, he proudly served the Department for 14 years.

Last year, Assemblymember Salas honored a fallen officer with ACR 69, which designated the Cross Creek Bridge on State Route 198 in Kings County as the CHP Officer Dean Esquibel Memorial Bridge.