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SCR-89 Deputy Sheriff Brian “Ish” Ishmael Memorial Highway.(2019-2020)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 89
CHAPTER 34

Relative to the Deputy Sheriff Brian “Ish” Ishmael Memorial Highway.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 11, 2020. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 89, Dahle. Deputy Sheriff Brian “Ish” Ishmael Memorial Highway.
This measure would designate a specified portion of State Route 50 in the County of El Dorado as the Deputy Sheriff Brian “Ish” Ishmael Memorial Highway. The measure would request that the Department of Transportation determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, erect those signs.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, Brian David “Ish” Ishmael was born at Marshall Hospital in Placerville, California, on December 12, 1981, to Don and Kim Ishmael; and
WHEREAS, With his genuine smile and a heart of gold, Brian always found the very best in every person he met; and
WHEREAS, Brian was a local child who attended schools in the County of El Dorado, graduating from Ponderosa High School in 2000. In high school, Brian showed a special interest in, and excelled at, auto body shop and peer counseling. It was during these early years that Brian made some of his lifelong friendships, which would lead him to meeting his wife, Katie, at the age of 16; and
WHEREAS, After high school, Brian moved to Texas where he attended Universal Technical Institute, but he maintained his close friendships in the County of El Dorado. After returning from Texas, Brian became an auto body technician, and, although he loved working on cars, Brian regretted not having served in the military and found he had a calling to become a police officer; and
WHEREAS, With his 30th birthday approaching, Brian felt it was his last chance to follow through on his dream of becoming a police officer. With a wife and two young daughters at home, and while working full time, Brian entered the Basic Law Enforcement Academy offered through American River College. After completing his training, Brian found his first law enforcement family with the Placerville Police Department in March 2013. During this time, Brian and Katie welcomed their third child, a son, completing their happy family of five; and
WHEREAS, In October 2015, Brian found his final law enforcement family with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and, as he did in every facet of his life, Brian immediately became a favorite of his partners and all who met him on a personal and professional level. Brian’s demeanor while performing law enforcement duties exemplified fairness, compassion, and a willingness to serve, which will leave a lasting impression on those with whom he came in contact throughout his career. Brian, who was meant to be a police officer and took much pride in wearing the badge, was a hard worker, a role model, and leader who shared his joy for life with everyone he met; and
WHEREAS, In the early hours of October 23, 2019, Brian was on patrol and responded to a call for a theft of marijuana from what was later found to be an illegal marijuana grow. Brian and his off-duty ride-along were immediately met with gunfire and returned fire. During the gun battle, Brian was struck multiple times. The off-duty officer, having also been shot, was able to assist in removing Brian from the scene in an attempt to save his life. Sadly, Brian passed away in the ambulance on the way to the same hospital where he was born 37 years before. After an extensive investigation, three men who were tending the illegal marijuana grow and the homeowner were arrested; and
WHEREAS, Brian is survived and forever remembered by his wife, Katie, their children Prudence, Zoey, and Cash, his parents Kim and Don, his sister Brenda, and his loving extended family and friends. Brian will be missed by his family, friends, and the entire El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office family. Brian is a hero for the man he was—husband, father, friend, and so much more to so many; now, therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the contributions of Deputy Sheriff Brian David “Ish” Ishmael to the people of California and designates the portion of State Route 50 in the County of El Dorado from east of the Missouri Flat Road Overcrossing OC#25-121 (post mile R15.08) to west of the Ray Lawyer Drive Overcrossing OC#25-117 (post mile 16.32) as the Deputy Sheriff Brian “Ish” Ishmael Memorial Highway; and be it further
Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to determine the cost of appropriate signs, consistent with the signage 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 Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author for appropriate distribution.