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Dedication Ceremony Held for Red Bluff Police Officer Killed in Line of Duty

Published On: Mar 07 2013 08:28:17 PM CST
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A section of Interstate 5 was officially dedicated Thursday morning, honoring a Red Bluff Police Officer killed in the line of duty.  

A portion of the freeway in North Tehama County has been named in honor of Officer David Mobilio.

He was killed in the line of duty in 2002 by an extremist who claimed he randomly killed him in protest of police brutality.

This was supposed to just be a dedication but Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito, who led the ceremony, said after recent tragic events, it became more of a memorial.     

The service started off with a moment of silence for Marysa Nichols. Later, there was another one for the Santa Cruz Police Officers who were recently killed, also in the line of duty.

Chief Nanfito said being in law enforcement means putting your life on the line. He said Officer Mobilio made the ultimate sacrifice.

He told the crowd these signs are a way to keep Mobilio's memory alive and to never forget his courage.

Officer Mobilio's wife, Linda and his parents also spoke. They said they're grateful for the community's efforts in making the signs happen.

Mobilio's son, Luke, is 11 now but was only one year old when his dad was murdered.

"I didn't know [my dad] that well but all the things that they've done to remember him makes him sound like a very good man and I'm proud to have him as my dad," Luke told us.

Chief Nanfito also thanked all the businesses and other donors who helped raise money for the signs.

Representatives from the offices of Senator Doug LaMalfa and Senator Jim Nielsen presented the family with certificates.

The ceremony then wrapped up with Chief Nanfito presenting them with a memorial plaque and pin, along with a replica of the freeway sign.

The memorial signs can be seen both north and south bound on Interstate 5, near the Jelly's Ferry exit.