Last Friday was a solemn day at the newly dedicated rest area along Interstate 280 in San Mateo County. Many officers from the California Highway Patrol (both active and retired), other law enforcement agencies, various public officials and members of the public gathered to pay tribute to slain CHP officer Dale M. Krings who was ambushed by a self-confessed cop hater at a Burlingame coffee shop nearly 51 years ago.
Although mortally wounded, officer Krings was still able to discharge his weapon and kill the assailant. His heroic act likely saved other restaurant patrons that night from a similar fate. His bravery and dedication made a lasting impression upon me when I learned about it from my father when I was 5-and-a-half years old.
Last Friday, at the rest stop dedication, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak with his son, Michael, and to express my deepest gratitude for the service of his dad in keeping us safe. May the sacrifice of CHP officer Dale M. Krings be forever remembered by this community. I know that I shall never forget.
Ethan E. Jones