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ACR-38 Kings County Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra Memorial Highway.(2019-2020)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 38
CHAPTER 106

Relative to the Kings County Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra Memorial Highway.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  July 08, 2019. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 38, Salas. Kings County Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra Memorial Highway.
This measure would designate a portion of State Route 41 in the County of Kings as the Kings County Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra Memorial Highway. The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra was born March 26, 1968 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to James and Anna Sharra where he attended Bishop Canevin High School and graduated in 1986; and
WHEREAS, Upon graduating from high school, Allen joined the United States Navy, where he served as an avionics mechanic; and
WHEREAS, Allen served in the United States Navy until August 1995, when he was honorable discharged, and after his discharge Allen continued to serve the country as a sergeant in the National Guard; and
WHEREAS, While serving in the United States Navy, Allen was stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California and attended West Hills College Lemoore from 1991 to 1994, majoring in Administration of Justice; and
WHEREAS, While at the community college, Allen met Gina, his future wife; they became engaged on Christmas Day in 1993 and were married on April 6, 1994; and
WHEREAS, In 1993, Allen became a reserve police officer for the City of Huron and attended the Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Peace Officer Academy at College of the Sequoias in 1998 and graduated in December 1998; and
WHEREAS, Upon graduation from the police academy, Allen was hired by Sheriff Ken Marvin of the County of Kings on April 8, 1999, as a deputy sheriff; Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra was assigned to headquarters patrol out of the City of Hanford, California; and
WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra was killed in an automobile accident in the line of duty when his patrol car ran off a roadway and into a ditch; an Explorer scout who was on a ride along with Deputy Sharra at the time was able to radio for help, but Deputy Sharra was pronounced dead at the scene; and
WHEREAS, Deputy Sharra was responding to assist another officer who had located a stolen car in a cotton field; the farm road that Deputy Sharra was driving down made a sudden 90-degree turn without any warning signs; the cruiser left the roadway and struck an embankment; the Explorer scout was injured in the accident and transported to a local hospital in stable condition; and
WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra was killed in a line of duty accident on December 27, 1999, and had served in law enforcement for nine years; and
WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra is survived by his wife Gina, his daughter Melissa, his son Richard, his parents, James and Anna Sharra, his stepmom Robin, his stepson Carl Hatfield, and his stepsister Paula; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates the portion of State Route 41 between Lansing Avenue, at postmarker 33.590, and Lincoln Avenue, at postmarker 32.420, as the Kings County Deputy Sheriff Allen Thomas Sharra Memorial Highway to honor and commemorate Deputy Sharra’s legacy of service to his community; and be it further
Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to determine the cost of appropriate signs consistent with the signing requirements for the state highway system showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources sufficient to cover the cost, to erect those signs; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author for appropriate distribution.