VACAVILLE (CBS13) – California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Griess is being laid to rest on Friday, one week after he and another man were struck and killed on Interstate 80 in Fairfield.
The Father’s House church was filled to capacity as thousands of law enforcement members and Officer Griess’ family paid their final respects.
A motorcade of CHP motorcycle officers from the Solano County area accompanied Officer Griess’ casket to the church.
Officer Griess served in the US Marines before joining the CHP Academy in 1999. He worked in Oakland, Contra Costa and Solano over his 19 years with CHP. He was remembered for his positive spirit and his “good hair.” His nickname was “Hollywood” and he was known as a cop’s cop. He is survived by his wife of 26 years and three children.
His daughter Kadi is following in her father’s footsteps. She will graduate from the police academy in 22 days.
“Everything he did was for his family,” Kadi said at the service.
The service concluded with the final end of watch call for Officer’s Griess, whose badge number was 15810.
Rocklin resident Sean Walker is suspected of hitting and killing Officer Griess and Jamie Manuel, the driver he pulled over. Investigators say Walker was driving recklessly and was on his cell phone leading up to the crash.
Walker, 36, is facing two counts of vehicular manslaughter. He will be arraigned next month.