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Hundreds gather in Fairfied to honor fallen CHP officer Youngstrom

10:49 PM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
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FAIRFIELD, CA - The glow from candles set a somber mood over the lawn in front of Oakbrook Elementary School Wednesday night.

The night was planned for back to school night engagements. Once parents wrapped up visiting with teachers, everyone gathered on the grass to light candles.

The hundreds of people were there to honor a fellow Fairfield citizen,  California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.

On Tuesday morning, Youngstrom was working a traffic stop when he was shot. He was placed on life support at John Muir Medical Center after doctors did all they could to treat Youngstrom. Wednesday night, during the gathering, a chaplain told the crowd that Youngstrom had been taken off life support.

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"They do a lot to protect us," Fairfield resident Greg Barber said. "I felt it was the right thing to be here."

Rosa Flores brought her son to the event. Her son is best friends with Youngstrom's son. She held onto hope that Youngstrom would survive.

"Faith is the last thing to go, I was still holding on," Flores said.

As for her 10-year-old son Anthony Flores, the tragedy hits close to home; his father died a while back.

"We were there for each other, he always supported me because I felt down when my dad died," Anthony Flores said. "And it's my turn to be a supporting character."

A line of CHP officers gave hugs and came to show support for one of their own. Capt. Sam Dickson told the crowd Youngstrum continues his community service even after his death; Youngstrum was an organ donor.

Anthony Flores said Youngstrom was a hero and a devoted dad.

"He was a great father, very loving," Flores said.

Youngstrom is survived by a wife and four children. He was a 7-year veteran with the CHP.

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