California cadet run to state Capitol honors the fallen



As dozens of California Highway Patrol junior cadets led a cacophony of yells early Wednesday morning, 138 cadets from the graduating class of the CHP Academy set off on a traditional run from West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial near the state Capitol.  Traditional cadet run from CHP Academy in West Sacramento to state Capitol signifies the end of 28 weeks of training.  138 cadets will graduate later this week.  13 cadets are women.  "It's surreal," said Stephanie Combs, a cadet who is scheduled to graduate later this week.  This year's run comes days after a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while on duty.  Traditional CHP graduating class run to law enforcement memorial while junior cadets yell.  "It's certainly something you think about.  But, that'll wait until Monday or the next day or the day after that," Chianti Williams said as she waited to see her brother run past.  "Today is about celebrating their hard work."  The monument where the run will end is a tribute to the more than 1,600 California law enforcement officers who lost their lives while serving and protecting the public and "underscores the soon-to-be officers the dangers of the job upon which they are about to embark."  While at the monument, cadets and officers will honor the fallen officers with a moment of silence as a sign of respect for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the people of California.  The tradition is a long-standing right of passage for cadets as they complete their 28-week training at the CHP Academy.

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