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Youngstrom Funeral Brings Hundreds of Officers to Vacaville

Leisure Town Road filled with traffic as funeral set to start.

11:40 a.m.: One of Youngstrom's favorite songs is being played, it's a song about law enforcement officers.

11:28 a.m.: Storm Youngstrom: "To me, he wasn't only my uncle, he was a hero and a father to me. He would always be there to comfort me."

Storm tells everyone she would like to become a CHP officer.

11:24 a.m.: Niece Storm Youngstrom, and son Alex Youngstrom, share memories of Kenyon with the audience.

11:18 a.m.: Youngstrom's brother Clinton tells the audience that Kenyon had a temper growing up and the family always thought he'd be in the back of a police car and not in front.

The audience laughs.

11:13 a.m.: Officer Tyler Carlton just finished speaking. Emotional speech. His voice was cracking and a round of applause as he ends. Youngstrom's brother is now addressing the crowd.

"He was our brother, our friend, our ultimate hero," he said.

Youngstrom's brother spoke of Kenyon's faith and love for his family. He loved being a CHP officer.

11:02 a.m.: Calhoun said that Kenyon was one of his favorites. A great guy who was always in a good mood.

10:58 a.m.: Retired CHP Captain Jim Calhoun addresses the audience. Tells them he met Kenyon in 2005 at the academy.

10:46 a.m.: Golden Gate Division Chief Theresa Becker is now addressing the crowd.

10:32 a.m.: The Mission Church in Vacaville is overflowed with mourners at this time. Pastor Foley is leading the invocation. CHP Sgt. Farrow, Contra Costa CHP reads scripture

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow," plays while mourners quietly weep. Solemn looks on the faces of mourners.

10:18 a.m. Bagpipes are playing.

10:16 a.m. The church is full. Seating is only available outside. Hearse is there along with mounted officers. Leisuure Town Road lined with police on both sides. Color guard is entering church with casket now.

9:58 a.m. Set for 10 a.m., many continue to arrive in Vacaville for the funeral of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, a resident of Fairfield who was shot in the line of duty on Sept. 4, 2012, and subsequently died from his injuries. The funeral is open to the public, but the seating is limited.

9:29 a.m. Expect delays as offiers from all over the state, and as far away as Reno, Nevada, are arriving for the funeral of CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. In addition, delays have been reported along Interstate 80 as the funeral procession makes its way to Vacaville.

Previously:

Police officers from as far east as Reno and south as Daly City, Milpitas, San Mateo and Santa Barbara are currently at The Mission Church on Leisure Town Road in Vacaville. 

The funeral is set to start a 10 a.m. but the procession pass through Fairfield and Vacaville earlier this morning. Stay tuned to Suisun City Patch for updates.

K. Nagafuji September 13, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Might this information be an article for E.C. Patch? Sgt. Hartrung (Watch Commander), representing E.C. P.D.) went to Vacaville to honor the CHP Officer who was killed. (Other officers from E.C. P.D. may also have attended??) K. Nagafuji

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