FRESNO (CBS13) — Family and friends of two California Highway Patrol officers killed in the line of duty are remembering them as great men.
Officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez were killed in a crash on Monday morning in Fresno County as they sped to an accident scene to help people in need.
The CHP officers were responding to a traffic accident on Highway 99 south of Fresno when their patrol car hit a guardrail and overturned.
Word of the deadly crash quickly spread to fellow officers.
“This is a wakeup call,” said Sean Wilkenfield. “Every day you go to work, you don’t know if you’re going to come home, and sometimes the worst happens.”
Misinformation may have played a role in the collision. The officers were southbound on Highway 99 to a crash that was first reported in the northbound lanes of the highway.
The accident ended up being on their side of the road. When officers arrived in the pre-dawn darkness, they swerved to miss a pedestrian on the road and lost control.
Law leaves behind three young children.