Feb 24, 2011 8:20 PM by Monica Quintero (MP)

CHP officers in Santa Maria remember fallen colleagues

California Highway Patrol officers in Santa Maria remember their fallen colleagues on Thursday.

The flag flew at half staff and officers wore black ribbons over their badges in memory of Rick Stovall and Britt Irvine.

Thirteen years ago, they died while responding to a motorist on Highway 166 during a heavy rain storm.

The flooded Cuyama River washed out a section of the highway and their patrol car plunged 30 feet into the river.

Lieutenant Matt Olson, California Highway Patrol, said, "With the loss of not only one but two fellow officers, you know it was pretty devastating."

The CHP says they want to be sure their sacrifice is never forgotten.


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