Fallen Officers

 

Officer Ivan Casselman (91) – Woodland • August 24, 1935

Officer Ivan Casselman was killed when his patrol motorcycle crashed. Ivan died hours later from his injuries. Casselman was a seven-year member of the Yolo County Squad.

 

 

 

 

Officer Roy P. Blecher (2455)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer William M. Freeman (4885) – Woodland  • December 22, 1978

Officers Roy P. Blecher and William M. Freeman were partners, working out of the Woodland Area Office, when they were gunned down along Interstate 80 near the Yolo Causeway in West Sacramento. Investigators found signs of a struggle. Blecher was handcuffed and shot in the back of the head and Freeman had been overpowered, shot and killed. Their last radio contact was at 3:12 a.m. when they stopped a suspect for a routine traffic violation. The killer was captured, tried and convicted of the murders and is currently serving a life sentence. Blecher, 50, was a 21-year CHP veteran and Freeman, 32, was a 12-year patrol veteran.

 

 

 

Sgt. Gary R. Wagers (9221) – Woodland  • March 15, 2001

Sgt. Gary R. Wagers was traveling northbound on State Route 113 near Woodland, and was engaged in an enforcement activity. His vehicle skidded sharply across two lanes, striking a guardrail. Wagers was killed upon impact. A commuter discovered the crash at approximately 6 a.m. Wagers had been a member of the patrol for 22 years and was 54 years of age. He was also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Andrew T. Stevens (13739) – Woodland • November 17, 2005

Officer Andrew T. “Andy” Stevens had made a traffic stop near the intersection of County Road 96 and Highway 16 in rural Yolo County. During the traffic stop, Stevens was shot and killed, and the suspect fled the scene. Passing motorists who witnessed the incident used Stevens’ radio to call for assistance. The suspect was arrested the next morning with the assistance of several allied agencies. Stevens had wanted to work for the CHP since he was 10 years old. His dream came true on May 2, 1994, when he entered the CHP academy. At the time of his death, he was working as a commercial officer at Valley Division’s Commercial Unit. The suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.