Posted by George, a resident of the Ponderosa neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2012 at 8:57 am
Anonymity seems to bring out the worst in people. John, your humorless jab only makes you look like a heartless fool. This brave CHP officer could have been defending you or your family. He and his family deserve our respect, support and prayers. If his family or the CHP extended family are reading this, please know that we are grateful for your sacrifices and we are praying for this officer's complete recovery.
Posted by Sue, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2012 at 9:24 am
John you are heartless fool. As a parent of an Oakland Police Officer, who also has 4 children , I pray every night he comes home safe. That officer patrols the highways to keep drivers safe and that includes you. My prayers go out to his family and extended family. The effects of this shooting will live on just like the deaths of the four officers in Oakland who died. To all our heros, God Bless.
Posted by law abiding citizen, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2012 at 9:48 am
This comment by John of Canyon Creek should never have been allowed. I thought that this was supposed to be a "thoughtful gathering place"! A police officer may have to protect you sometime John and he or she will do it regardless of what you have just written!
Posted by Dave Walden, a resident of another community, on Sep 5, 2012 at 9:52 am Dave Walden is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I am very sorry for the officer and his family - it is a tragedy when our protectors are in danger. That being written, I do not understand why it takes all of the law enforcement agencies involved, 8+ hours to investigate a crime scene. I am not in law enforcement and only know of what I see on the TV regarding crime scene investigation but it seems that it could have been done in less time. The devastation to the lives of everyone in the Livorna Road area yesterday is hard to justify for such a long period of time. Maybe, just maybe this was a time-consuming over-done investigation where officers could be somewhere else protecting other citizens.
Posted by Dorene Paradiso-Carroll, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Both my husband and I worked (and he retired after 30 yrs.) in Law Enforcement. One of our Daughters and her fiance both work for the CHP. Our hearts full of prayers go out to the Family of the fallen Officer. Let us all show some respect. None of us were present at the crime scene shooting, what happened afterwards or the gathering of evidence. It definitely takes time and personnel. Lawsuits also force agencies to take their time to perform duties accurately. My cousin was run over and then drug for a distance on the 880 Freeway near Thorton Ave.. It took hours to retrieve all of the pieces of her body! I suppose people were inconvenienced.
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm
My cousins are in law enforcement and they all tell me that they are overpaid. All the extreme inconvenience that people experienced was on account of so many law enforcement types feeding at the trough, wanting to sate their insatiable appetites for overtime at taxpayer expense.
Posted by Lisa, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2012 at 7:17 am
These officers risk their lives every day to protect and serve US. There are many hours of low-key everyday duties, but when those instances of life or death events occure, those officers are putting their LIVES IN HARMS WAY to protect us. I think that deserves high pay. Think of how they feel--how they try not to worry, never knowing if THIS is the stop that goes very bad. If THIS is the stop that might end their life or they will have to shot someone else. If THIS is the stop that will cause them great bodily harm or make their children fatherless or motherless.
Can you imagine what the other officer went through having to shoot the driver and try to aide his fallen fellow officer? He must be in agony. Something HE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Thank you Officer Youngstrom for your sacrafice. God Bless You. God Bless your family.
Posted by Dave Walden, a resident of another community, on Sep 6, 2012 at 9:46 am Dave Walden is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Just a note to "mooseturd" and "concerned citizen". I was just giving my opinion but at least I have the openness to put down my right name so that anyone can criticize my thoughts. "Devastated" was a term that I used because one business reported on KGO that they lost 85% of their business that day. Again not to take away from the tragedy of the loss of a fine officer, I felt that the investigation could have been done in less time.
Posted by Beth, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2012 at 9:59 am
My heart and prayers to Officer Youngstrom's family and friends. Thank you to all those peace officers who put their lives on the line daily and for the sacrifice their families make. Their service ranks with our military personel, in protecting our freedoms.
Posted by anti-arnold, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm
Dave it takes so long because they only have one chance to get the evidence and the scene examined. Once it is open to the cars, it is gone and they are unable to do so further. Prudence dictates a properly done investigation the first time for such a tragic event. A business loses a days worth of business vs. a proper investigation of a nearby murder. Where are your priorities?
Arnold, you are despicable. Show some respect. Us other taxpayers can't ever pay this widow and her kids enough to repay the sorry they must feel. My heart goes out to them.