When Duty Calls: Chief Vogel and Officers Hernandez and Ceceña Jump Into Action On Interstate 280
On Monday July 29th during the afternoon commute, Chief Kevin Vogel and Officers Joe Hernandez and Karina Ceceña were traveling back to Santa Cruz on Interstate 280 near Foothill College in Los Altos when they encountered a commercial vehicle stopped in the #2 lane of southbound Interstate 280. Needless to say, the vehicle was causing an extremely hazardous traffic situation by completely blocking one entire lane of the freeway. The Chief and the two Officers stopped to assist. As it turns out, the vehicle had been carrying a load of lumber. This vehicle came to an abrupt stop on the freeway causing the load of lumber to shift and slide off the front of the vehicle. As the load of lumber slid off the lumber rack, it hit the asphalt roadway surface directly in front of the vehicle, but not before shattering the front windshield of the vehicle carrying the lumber. The Chief and the two Officers assisted the driver with picking up the load of lumber and placing it back on the vehicle. Within a matter of minutes, the Chief and the two Officers rendered the roadway safe and free of debris, allowing the afternoon commute traffic to proceed as normal on southbound Interstate 280. Here are a few pictures of the Chief and Officer Joe Hernandez in action. Photo credit goes to Officer Karina Ceceña.