A funeral service Thursday morning for slain California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom saw more than 1,000 of his friends, family and colleagues turn out to hear tributes to the seven-year veteran and father of four. This is some of what the speakers had to say.
CHP Officer Tyler Carlton:
"Ken, I know you can hear me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me. And I look forward to seeing you again, brother."
Pastor Steve Fernandez of Vallejo's Community Bible Church:
"It's in times like this that we need unshakable faith. And Kenyon had that. When calamity comes and heartache comes and troubles are multiplied, you need an anchor for the soul."
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow:
"We want you to know that you will always be part of the CHP family. Alex, Madison, Andrew and Kennedy, your father loved you, adored you, I want you to always remember and be proud of the man your father was... He never swerved from the path of duty. He performed the job with pride and compassion because of his unwavering commitment to his duty."
CHP Division Chief Teresa Becher:
"I've never known how my heart could be so broken and so full at the same time."
Retired CHP Cap. Jim Cahoon:
"He just had the friendliest face. You could see the excitement in him. As much as he was trying not to smile, it was just exuding out of him. Right off the bat, I had a comfortable feeling, a welcoming feeling, and anyone that had ever known him knows exactly what I am talking about... Kenyon was one of a handful I have ever seen who was embraced by the entire squad... Take this tragedy and turn it into a positive by embodying his compassion and his energy. That's how we can honor him."
Clinton Youngstrom, Kenyon's brother:
"We always thought Kenyon would be in the back of a patrol car, not in the front."
Storm Youngstrom, Kenyon's niece:
"I can't wait to start my future, join the academy, and take after Kenyon."
Alex Youngstrom, Kenyon's son:
"I'm Alex, Kenyon's son. I've never called him Kenyon before... He really taught me a lot about being a man... I found when I brought him up, I felt cooler: 'My dad does this.' I felt kind of pumped up."