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papa3 - THE FRESNO BEE Highway Patrols Ought To Be Two...
THE FRESNO BEE Highway Patrols Ought To Be Two Man Jobs The savage killing of Highway Highway Patrolman Glenn W. Carlson on a lonely stretch of Highway 40 near Truckee by three fleeing bank robbers robbers stings the sensibilities, outrages all the human concepts concepts upon which society is built and demands a penalty in kind--speedy execution. The soul shivers and the heart grows cold before such merciless slaughter. O n e of the three, Roger M. Mealman, Mealman, was quoted as saying when asked if he knew he had killed Carlson: Sure I knew it. 1 drove him right across the road (with the bullets). bullets). Carlson's one failing was his bravery in stopping and approaching the car alone. This is the kind of bravery, above and beyond the call of duty, typical of his kind of lawman, however; they do not leave the job to others. They move and take their chances. The entire state grieves over Carlson's death and for his wife and his three children. children. At of at be a The deeper tragedy is that this kind of episode, death on a sidewalk or a roncl with a gun only half drawn, is becoming frightfully commonplace. commonplace. In the Sacramento area two patrolmen and two city policeman have been slain by fleeing robbers in the last year. In 1959 Davis Patrolman Douglas Cantrill was found, killed, in his patrol patrol car in that city after checking on a fleeing felon. Statewide, eight other highway highway patrolmen besides Carlson Carlson have been killed in the line of duty in the last nine years and six of these, just as was Carlson, were alone. The patrol instituted two man operations for the more dangerous hours in 1961 yet Carlson was alone when he was- killed. The patrol, with the state legislature a very sympathetic listener, should urge more two man operations operations whatever this might cost, and effect savings in some other area. If the officer is willing to go out and lay his life on line every day, as he does, society c! m!ld be willing to provide whatever it takes to give him the best protection for a very tough job. to to m of to of on up two the two in

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 19 Nov 1963, Tue,
  3. Page 49

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