Napa residents and first responders turned out Thursday morning to pay their respects to fallen California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom as his funeral procession traveled from St. Helena to was attended by hundreds of law enforcement personnel from throughout the region.
Sobbing was audible from watchers on the Trancas Street overpass, where Napa city firefighters flew an American flag as the funeral motorcade approached and passed below them on Highway 29 shortly after 8 a.m. An on-duty CHP officer pulled his patrol vehicle over and stood at attention nearby.
"Strangers hugged each other" afterward, said a tearful Napan Rachael Clark.
Dark glasses protected John Tom's eyes as he said he had come out to pay his respects as a veteran and Napan.
Youngstrom, 37, of Fairfield, died Sept. 5, a day after he was shot during a traffic stop on Interstate 680 in Alamo.
His partner Tyler Carlton, who shot and killed Youngstrom's attacker, .
The California Highway Patrol has established a memorial fund to support Youngstrom's family. A memorial fund has been set up through , and donations to the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial can be made at any Wells Fargo branch, CHP Officer Elon Steers said.
Anyone wishing to contribute can do so at any Mechanics Bank branch office, via mail or through a wire transfer. For a list of branches, go to mechanicsbank.com. Offices will open early or stay late to accept deposits. To request after-hours arrangements, all the Mechanics Bank Call Center at 800-797-MECH (6324). For donations by mail, send checks payable to "For Benefit of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom" to Mechanics Bank, 1350 North Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For wire transfers: Mechanics Bank, Routing Number 121102036, For Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.
The California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, which provides financial assistance to the families of fallen officers, can provide further information on the memorial. Foundation representatives can be reached at (714) 529-1199 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
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