Family, Colleagues Offer Glimpses Into Life Led by CHP Officer Killed on Christmas Eve

Family, friends and hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters from California and as far as Michigan and Florida gathered to remember 33-year-old Andrew Camilleri of Tracy.

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CHP officers stand guard as mourners file into the Christian Life Center for Officer Andrew Camilleri's memorial. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Officer Andrew Camilleri, who had been a CHP officer since March, died on Christmas Eve when a Cadillac rammed into the back of his patrol SUV parked on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 880 in Hayward. The 22-year-old driver, who sustained serious injuries, was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. (Dec. 30. 2017)
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Family, friends and hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters from California and as far as Michigan and Florida gathered to remember 33-year-old Andrew Camilleri of Tracy. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Andrew Camilleri's casket is carried into a Stockton church where hundreds attended a memorial to honor his life and legacy. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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The Camilleri family pays tribute to Andrew Camilleri, who is survived by his parents, a brother, a sister, his wife, and three children. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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The CHP created a touching tribute for their fallen comrade, leaving hardly any dry eyes in the packed church. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Andrew Camilleri's brother, Michael Camilleri, and his sister, Ashley Wharton, gave a eulogy, recalling how he "found his calling" with the CHP. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Paul Fontana, chief of the CHP's Golden Gate Division, said "Andrew died a hero, out on patrol on Christmas Eve, his life taken by the very dangers he was out to prevent,"
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Abdrew Camilleri loved action figures — in particular, the Power Rangers, said Capt. Tim Pearson, who commands the Hayward division where the fallen officer worked.
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Andrew Camilleri's patrol partner of three months, who was injured in the crash, said the two bonded while working the graveyard shift. "Andrew, I know you can hear me," Officer Jonathan Velasquez said, breaking down. "I love you, buddy, and it was an honor being your partner. Rest in peace, brother."
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Assistant Chief Ernest Sanchez commended Andrew Camilleri for epitomizing the CHP's code of honor. He gave his life in the line of duty on Christmas Eve, Sanchez said, because "he wanted to make sure that everyone got to their destinations safely that night." (Dec. 30, 2017)
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The grieving Camilleri family received a state flag from Gov. Jerry Brown before the memorial. Rosanna Camilleri was also given the badge her husband earned upon his graduation from the CHP Academy. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Andrew Camilleri's pastor said he didn't only attend the church on Saturday. Instead, he played bass guitar for the church, supported teens, and served wherever possible. (Dec. 30. 2017)
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Andrew Camilliri's wife and daughter, Rosanna and Elizabeth, say goodbye. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Officer Jonathan Velasquez and Michael Camilleri offer each other support in the final moments of the emotional memorial. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Rosanna Camilleri hugs her older son, Andrew Jr., at the conclusion of the memorial service. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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Officer salute as Andrew Camilleri's casket is loaded into a hearse and escorted to Tracy. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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A police motorcade escorts Andrew Camilleri's casket to his hometown for a private burial. (Dec. 30, 2017)
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