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.




  • Nice!

  • as a disabled vet , i say thank you CHP and kym
    some need lots of help day to day , others hour to hour

  • So cool great job chp

  • Fanfriggintastic!

  • This is really going to cut into my ROI in dunkin donuts if it keeps up for long.

  • Awesome 🙂

  • Thank-you officers for showing human compassion. It is certain that the vets need more help than they are getting.

    I am reminded how lucky I am to have not been involved in the Vietnam War. The buddy that I had in high school and I were going to join the military together. I changed my mind and got married, he went on to join…. He was killed after one week in Viet Nam. I have that to think about the rest of my life. I decided at that time that part of my life would always be dedicated to public service.

    As far as I’m concerned, nothing is too much to take care of the vets that gave some people the right to not salute the flag. I think of Vic every time I salute the flag, and I am silently offended when people don’t show at least a little respect. ( I guess I broke my silence)

    • Hermit of Livry

      I’m sorry your friend gave his life in a religious war, but it’s very common even today.

      • Interesting point Hermit. First explain the difference between politics and religion. Then tell me what a war is called if you don’t fight back.

        We can see clearly today that the Vietnam war was an unnecessary war, but it wasn’t so clear at the time. It was an era when the Russians were pushing the US on all fronts, and we had just narrowly avoided nuclear war over Cuba. The threat of a communist dictatorship taking over the free world was a serious concern.

        The Vietnam war was an unpopular war and the wrath of the war protesters was taken out on the american soldier. They still pay the price.

        • Hermit of Livry

          For a “beast” worshipper there is no difference between politics and religion. They are one. That is the secret of the papacy. They are a religious power and a state power, combined. That in past ages, and in the future will compel the state to enforce their decrees and support their institutions. You can read about the past and future activity of this beast and another one that looks like it, in Revelation 13.

          “The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth….” Daniel 7:23

          The only safe course is to follow the admonition of Jesus Christ. “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

  • That’s awesome!!!

  • Thank you for your service officer’s yours is truly a hard job and thank you for doing what your doing i lost my brother to suicide he was a Vietnam War veteran.

  • Trinity River and Siskiyou also have done it.

  • I too want to say a big Thank You Officers for all that you all do for the people of Humboldt County & the rest of California. Thanks Again,


  • Just my Opinion

    Great job!

  • Spurious Truthyist

    Cool! The front guy did an extra one, just for the unknown soldier… or he miscounted. Either way, what a PR coup!

  • Thank you for this great news out of humbolt! It’s nice to have something positive in the news for a great cause.

  • I am a Vietnam Vet. And I know there are to many who battle with depression every day. I was in from 1970-1973. I worked at an post hospital caring for those who would return. Thank you officers for all you give. I lived in Arcata,Ca. Great city.

  • Thanks
    22 a day has been way too many. Our veterans when returning have needed a re-entry program to address the once called shell shock the now called PTSD. Our nation needs to address the psychological challenge of of the men and women we send to war.

  • What a wonderful thing for all of you officers to do! People need to not forget to appreciate all of the service men & women, including Police, Fire Fighters, EMTs everywhere.

  • It’s a very real and sad situation. My son is in the Army, he is 25. He has done a tour in Afghanistan and he lost a close friend not long after they returned. I know some of the horrifying thing’s my son went through. Now when I say horrifying I mean to me as his mother. If you were to ask him he would say “no big deal, just doing my job.” I personally can’t imagine a job where I may have to take someone’s life. Thank God there are young men and women who can. And do. Sadly some of them can’t live with the feelings/night terrors/memories/flashbacks this kind of trauma causes. When I asked how his friend died he replied “cleaning his gun”. Codeword for suicide. Sadly this young man’s parents were too~ dare I say ashamed (as I don’t know them I can’t say for a fact) of what he had done. I was truly saddened by the fact that they felt they needed to try to disguise how he died. How are people, especially “men” to get help if it is such a taboo subject? “Men” arent supposed to cry let alone have “feelings”. Its a very sad thing that a lot of these vetrans face life and death situations and make it out alive only to come home and take their own lives. My son has PTSD and I wanted him to talk to someone about it. He declined. Men don’t “talk” about that stuff. They should. Everyone should. It should be shamefull not to talk about it. You may just save someones life.

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