Garberville CHP Video Goes Viral!
A video with officers from the tiny Garberville California Highway Patrol division is going viral with over 12,000 views since it was posted yesterday. According to Officer William Wunderlich a spokesperson for the Garberville office, the California Highway Patrol is participating in a 22 pushup challenge to bring awareness to the approximately 22 military veterans who are believed to commit suicide every day in this country.
Wunderlich said that the CHP agency had received a challenge from Cal Fire to participate. Different divisions of the CHP are responding for the next 22 days with officers doing pushups from iconic spots within their areas of influence. “Part of the challenge was to pick something that represents your area,” Wunderlich said. “Richardson Grove is very iconic to the Southern Humboldt area.”
“As one office or division started, they challenged the next one and so on and so on,” he explained. “Arcata CHP has done one, Ukiah has done one…As this thing works its way thorough to the 22nd day, the plan is to hopefully get the commissioner out there for the final 22 pushups and, hopefully, he will challenge another law enforcement agency.
The two sergeants in the front are Bryan Arendt (He is the one speaking) and Tim Willock.
Then from left to right are Officers Josh Cole, Torin Wong, Jeff Williams, Dave Barone, Brandi Gamble, Rick Sowler, and Mike Cole.
Officer Wunderlich asked that people spread the word that help is available for military veterans thinking of suicide. The Vet’s Crisis line 1-800-273-8255.