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CHP holds ceremony for fallen officer

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Aug 08 2014 07:51:14 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

The Red Bluff California Highway Patrol held a dedication for a fallen CHP officer on Friday. The ceremony was held for Officer Robert Quirk.

Quirk first served in the navy where he became an aircraft commander and flew missions over the Philippines. After he was honorably discharged he joined the CHP where he served for 16 years. On April 10, 1971 Quirk was involved in a foot pursuit chasing three suspects. Later that night he experienced chest pains and 11 hours after chasing those three men, he had a heart attack and died.

In 2012 his death was recognized as a line of duty death. On Friday family and friends gathered in his honor as the CHP dedicated a sign in his name.

"In their death they're still able to provide a safety message to the public and it reminds the public that these law enforcement professionals, have a dangerous job to do and sometimes it results in the sacrifice of the officers life,” said Lt. Lou Aviles, with the CHP.

"The biggest highlight of my year was going to the highway patrol Christmas parties,” said Quirk’s son, Kenneth Quirk. “The year after my father died I never got to go to any more Christmas parties so this in essence is my Christmas party."

The signs face north and south on Interstate 5. They're located near the Sunset Hills and Hooker Creek exits.