CHP Memorial Freeway Dedication in Kings County

October 28, 2016

On August 25, 1974, California Highway Patrol (CHP) lost one of its finest when Officer Keith M. Giles, Badge #7403, died in the line of duty while standing on the shoulder of a freeway conducting a traffic stop.  In memory of Officer Giles’ sacrifice, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 159 officially designates the State Route 198 and State Route 43 interchange, located in Kings County, as the “CHP Officer Keith M. Giles Memorial Interchange.”  The CHP held a dedication ceremony for the family, friends and supporters of the fallen officer at the Hanford Area Office. 

Top Left: The program for CHP’s Memorial Freeway Dedication for Officer Keith M. Giles, who was killed while on duty in 1974 when he was struck by a drunk driver. State Route 198 at State Route 43 was named after Officer Giles.

Top Right: CHP officers from across the state gathered for the memorial freeway dedication.

Bottom Left: CHP Commissioner J.A. Farrow presented the California State Flag to Officer Giles’ widow, Wilma.

Bottom Right: (From left to right) Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson, Officer Giles’ son Darren, daughters Karen and Kelly, and widow Wilma pictured with the  memorial highway sign.  The family was presented with a Senate Certificate of Recognition from Team Vidak’s Weston Anderson on behalf of the Andy.  The family also received an Assembly Resolution from Andy and Assemblyman Rudy Salas designating the interchange as the “Keith M. Giles Memorial Interchange.”