CHP officer is remembered 30 years later
By Dena Erwin, Journal Staff Writer
it may have been 30 years
since california Highway Patrol Officer Raymond R. Carpenter was shot and
killed while patroling Interstate 80, but his family will always feel the
sting of his loss.
In a ceremony
Thursday at the Auburn-area Highway patrol office in Newcastle, a stunning
memorial was dedicated in his memory. As Carpenter's widow, Patricia
Carpenter Hardy, knelt to touch the black-and-gray granite plaque, she was
overcome with emotion and covered her face. Tears streamed down the face
of his children, now grown, and the grandchildren he never
Carpenter, forever 40 in the
memories of his fellow offcers, was shot twice at close range with a
.357-magnum revolver Feb. 17, 1970. Newspaper accounts stated Carpenter
was shot by "a panicky kid with a gun and a stolen car." The assailant
later shot himself in the head with the murder weapon as officers closed
in on him near Folsom.
was Carl Snyder, a 20-year-old Foresthill resident, a California Youth
Authority parolee and a wanted robber. The car and the gun he was using
were stolen from his own father. He killed himself as Officers Keith
Arnold and Dennis Joksch approached the
Arnole, Joksch and dozens of
Carpenters former co-workers joined Carpenter's family for the ceremony.
Also in attendance were law enforcement and political dignitaries,
including former Placer County Sheriff Bill Scott, who was sheriff at the
time of the shooting, Sheriff Ed Bonner, and a representative from the CHP
commissioner's office. Even two of the journalists who covered the
shooting 30 years ago, Joe Carroll and Bill Wilson, came to reminisce with
Following the event,
Carpenter's widow said her family was
"It means everything to us," she
said. "This is a great honor and he's missed by
Gene Scott, who graduated from
Placer High School in 1947 with Carpenter, sang a beautiful a
cappella version of "The Way We Were," bringing tears to many eyes.
Scott also sang at Carpenter's
"It was an honor then and I feel
the same now," he said.
Arnold and Joksch recalled Carpenter as a hard-working, well-loved
"He was a lot of fun," said Arnold. "He
loved his work." Added joksch: "He was a good officer."
Above, Patricia Carpenter Hardy, widow of California
Highway Patrol Officer Raymond R. Carpenter, was overcome with grief as
the memorial to her husband was uncovered during a ceremony Thursday.
Comforting her is Auburn-area Commander Chuck Shipley. The Memorial is in
front of the Highway Patrol's Newcastle office. At top, CHP Honor Guards,
Officers R.C. Rhodes, left, and Art Wronn, offer a salute to Officer
carpenter who was killed in the line of duty 30 years ago. Dozens of
dignitaries and Carpenter's now-retired co-workers attended a ceremony in
his honor Thursday.
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