Dedication of a Portion of Interstate 80 in Memory of Highway Patrol Officer Raymond Carpenterby Representative Tom McClintock
Posted on 2013-02-12
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join the city of Rocklin
in dedicating a portion of Interstate 80 in memory of Highway Patrol
Officer Raymond Carpenter.
This dedication is meant to pay tribute to Ray's life and his long service to our nation and our community.
His great sense of duty and commitment came as no surprise to those who knew his story; in fact it was a testament to his humble upbringing. He was born in a small cabin and raised on the Sullivan Ranch in Auburn, where he learned the long hours and hard work of a ranch hand. This hardy experience taught him the uniquely American values of hard work and the freedom that self-reliance provides. That same tenacity and perseverance would lead him to later become an Alaskan homesteader while stationed there as a Technical Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, building his own cabin on the frontier of our nation, like his forebears before him had in the rugged wilderness of northern California.
It was to the blessing of his native state that Ray was called to return home in 1956, where his love of the outdoors, motorcycles, and his passion for service led him to the California Highway Patrol. His kind disposition made him friends easily, and he was always fast in offering a helping hand. Whether in his time with the Air Force or as a Highway Patrol Officer after returning to California, Ray had spent the better part of his life in service to his fellow Americans. It was in that service that Ray surrendered his life when he was shot and killed in the line of duty on February 17, 1970.
Mr. Speaker, while Ray's life was cut short, we must celebrate his contributions, for as General Patton said ``it is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.'' I am proud today to rise to honor his memory and in grateful recognition of his many years of service and sacrifice.