A Four-Legged Hero Helps the Son of a Fallen California Highway Patrol Officer
A group of heroes – including four-legged ones – came together to assist the son of a California Highway Patrol officer who died.
Lucas Chellew was killed while leading a pursuit for the California Highway Patrol (CHP). His passing left behind a wife and two young children.
Roseville hosted a memorial service to remember an eight-year veteran of their force, with law enforcement agencies from all across the United States attending to pay their respects.
Early Life and Education
Placer County sheriff’s deputies enlisted the help of four-legged heroes – including Cameron Chellew’s dog! – to assist his son. Lucas Chellew died Feb 22 while pursuing a motorcyclist in South Sacramento County and had served eight years with CHP before passing away at that location. Cameron Chellew is Lucas Chellew’s son.
His legacy will live on through his wife, daughter and son; as well as by his father being a former CHP Captain and sister serving with them both currently.
Law enforcement officers from throughout the region gathered in Roseville for a memorial service honoring Chellew, who is remembered as someone who never gives up in their work.
Lucas Chellew had eight years of service to the California Highway Patrol as part of its Mounted Patrol Section, protecting visitors and workers at the state Capitol and other downtown offices with large horses.
He served in the South Sacramento Area Office. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son as well as by his mother (retired North Sacramento CHP captain) and father who were all former CHP officers and sister who is also an officer in Sacramento.
He followed in the footsteps of his father into the CHP, becoming well known for his commitment and selflessness. Many will miss him dearly; Dutch Bros locations across greater Sacramento will donate proceeds from March 3 sales at their locations to assist his family with this difficult time; these funds will support their young children as they begin this new chapter of life.
Achievement and Honors
On Saturday, hundreds of law enforcement officials from throughout the region and country attended Lucas Chellew’s memorial service in California Highway Patrol uniform. Chellew, an eight-year veteran who died while pursuing suspect Alberto Quriroz on February 22, was laid to rest during this emotional service.
Farrow donned her forest green CHP uniform as she spoke about her brother’s goofy smile, their close bond as children and what led him to join the force – something which eventually happened through “inexorable force”.
He attended Bear River High School in Grass Valley before serving five years in the Army and joining the California Highway Patrol. Chellew left behind a wife, son, and daughter; on Friday Dutch Bros locations across Auburn, Citrus Heights, Davis, Elk Grove Fair Oaks Granite Bay Rocklin Roseville donated proceeds of their sales in his memory.
Lucas Chellew graduated from Bear River High School in 2003 before serving in the U.S. Army where he attained sergeant status. Following this service commitment, Lucas attended and graduated from West Sacramento’s CHP academy before being assigned to their south Sacramento area office.
On Wednesday afternoon in South Sacramento, 31-year-old was pursuing a fleeing motorcyclist when he collided with a vehicle near Fruitridge Road and Stockton Boulevard, collapsing and suffering major injuries before succumbing to them later at UC Davis Medical Center.
Chellew is survived by his wife, two children — including a 6-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter — parents, his sister also serving with the CHP, as well as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the region attending his funeral and ringing a bell in memory of their fallen officer. Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers also extended their condolences.
Asian American Public Safety Service Center collected donations from residents and businesses in South Sacramento-area CHP officer Lucas Chellew’s name; these will be presented Thursday morning to his family at their South Sacramento CHP office.
Chellew was killed Feb. 22 when his motorcycle collided with another rider on Fruitridge Road and crashed. A father to two, Chellew worked out of South Sacramento Area Office.
Chellew was with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for eight years and served as a mentor for teens interested in law enforcement through their Explorer program. Chellew is survived by his wife, children, and parents.