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Youngstrom Funeral: 'Our Ultimate Hero'

Vacaville funeral is underway for CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, killed in an exchange of gunfire Sept. 4 during a routine traffic stop on I-680 in Alamo. Link in here to Patch live blog from the funeral.

Live blog from the Vacaville funeral for CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. It includes audio files of speakers from the funeral.

11:28 a.m.: Storm Youngstrom: "To me, he wasn't only my uncle, he was a hero and a father to me. He would always be there to comfort me."

Storm tells everyone she would like to become a CHP officer.

11:24 a.m.: Niece Storm Youngstrom, and son Alex Youngstrom, share memories of Kenyon with the audience.

11:18 a.m.: Youngstrom's brother Clinton tells the audience that Kenyon had a temper growing up and the family always thought he'd be in the back of a police car and not in front.

The audience laughs.

11:13 a.m.: Officer Tyler Carlton just finished speaking. Emotional speech. His voice was cracking and a round of applause as he ends. Youngstrom's brother is now addressing the crowd.

"He was our brother, our friend, our ultimate hero," he said.

Youngstrom's brother spoke of Kenyon's faith and love for his family. He loved being a CHP officer.

11:02 a.m.: Calhoun said that Kenyon was one of his favorites. A great guy who was always in a good mood.

10:58 a.m.: Retired CHP Capt. Jim Calhoun addresses the audience. Tells them he met Kenyon in 2005 at the academy.

10:46 a.m.: CHP Golden Gate Division Chief Theresa Becker is now addressing the crowd.

10:32 a.m.: The Mission Church in Vacaville is overflowed with mourners at this time. Pastor Phil Foley is leading the invocation. CHP Sgt. Farrow, Contra Costa CHP reads scripture.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow," plays while mourners quietly weep. Solemn looks on the faces of mourners.

10:18 a.m. Bagpipes are playing.

10:16 a.m. The church is full. Seating is only available outside. Hearse is there along with mounted officers. Leisure Town Road lined with police on both sides. Color guard is entering church with casket now.

9:58 a.m.: Set for 10 a.m., many continue to arrive in Vacaville for the funeral of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, a resident of Fairfield The funeral is open to the public, but the seating is limited.

9:29 a.m.: Expect delays as officers from all over the state, and as far away as Reno, Nevada, are arriving for the funeral of CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. In addition, delays have been reported along Interstate 80 as the funeral procession makes its way to Vacaville.

ABC7 News has a live video feed from the funeral.

Previously:

Police officers from as far east as Reno and south as Santa Barbara, Milpitas, San Mateo and Santa Barbara are at The Mission Church on Leisure Town Road in Vacaville. 

The funeral was to start at 10 a.m. but the procession passed through Fairfield and Vacaville earlier this morning. Stay tuned to Patch for updates.

Carson September 15, 2012 at 06:56 AM
This is my last post and last visit here on the Patch. I`m sick to my stomach for the disregard of human life regarding this police officer/husband/father of 4. The comments allowed here would be rejected by tabloids mags. I hoped the Patch would have higher standards. The hatred and bashing of police and firefighters in numerous threads is beyond the pale. I`ll never mind a civil discussion of topics but the reeking, puss brained infectious comments that is allowed here only makes me cringe with anger.......so I am out.
Truth Seeker September 15, 2012 at 09:14 AM
I bet this was another Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) event.These events and excercises happen all over the country to brainwash and condition our society into thinking a certain way to pass laws and legislation so they can control us. What's really going on? The government gives grants and money to our police and fire departments and hospitals to make and playout these fake events. Look up and search HSEEP. 911 was a big HSEEP event. This event is starting to look more like one.
Kendall Schmidt September 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
And this is precisely what is wrong with patch. A forum for people using fake names to lob petty jabs back and forth with each other. A police officer really died in the line of duty and real people came to pay their respects. Here fake people have unreal conversations, it is pathetic, especially in a story like this. I'm done reading patch.
Miles VanBuren September 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Wow someone woke up on the wrong side of the First Amendment! I hear there are great "tabloid mags" in China you might want to check out.
David Mills September 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Hello, all: We are cutting off comments on this story. Everyone appears to have had their say. We try to keep the Patch forums open for everyone in the community to use no matter what their opinion. Unfortunately, on this article, there appears to be at least one person using it to simply anger and incite people.

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