(Extensions of Remarks - February 14, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E149]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                          HONORING JERRY PRICE


                         HON. DAVID G. VALADAO

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, February 14, 2013

  Mr. VALADAO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Officer Jerry Price, 
an important figure in Central Valley law enforcement, on the occasion 
of his retirement.
  Jerry graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy in 1983 
and was assigned to service in his hometown of Santa Ana. In 1986, he 
was transferred to Bakersfield where he patrolled the eastern part of 
the city and began aggressively seeking DUI drivers.
  In 1988 Jerry transferred to Hanford, where he served for 24 years. 
Jerry was appointed the PAO/Court liaison in 1997 and held this 
position until December of 2012.
  Jerry was a member of the county's first gang task force established 
in 1998, where he served as an Intelligence Agent.
  Jerry has a passion for education and was instrumental in the 
establishment of many educational programs for local students. He is 
credited with reorganizing high school senior ethics days in all local 
high schools and starting ``character conferences'' in junior high 
schools. He also helped launch ``Every 15 Minutes'' programs in high 
schools across Kings County to educate young people about the dangers 
of drunk driving.
  Jerry enthusiastically spread this safety message at Lemoore Navy Air 
Station for over 18 years. He led more than 550 safety presentations 
for approximately 200,000 Navy personnel.
  In addition to his CHP service, Jerry has been heavily involved in 
numerous community service commitments including Relay 4 Life, the 
March of Dimes, and the Central California ``Battle of the Badges'' 
Blood Drive. He has coached several youth sports teams and taught at 
Kings Christian High School, College of the Sequoias, and West Hills 
  Most recently Jerry assisted the co-founders in organizing the 
``Buckle Up for Itzy'' Fest, an event to raise seat belt safety 
  Jerry has mentored many local youths and has dedicated his life to 
improving the safety of the people of Central California. He has given 
his time and effort to numerous non-profits and charities over the 
decades. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Price on his invaluable 
service to the Central Valley, as he retires from the California 
Highway Patrol.