Officer Douglas Scott Russell died July 31, 2007 when the driver involved in a pursuit ran him down in the median of US 50 near Shingle Springs. Officer Russell, also known as Scott to his friends and co-workers, was struck down as he was deploying a spike strip in an attempt to terminate the pursuit. Officer Russell was flown to UCD, in Sacramento, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Officer Russell was loved, admired and respected by all who knew him.
Officer Russell is survived by his wife
In 2010, the Community of El Dorado County came together and helped raise a lasting memorial to Officer Russell. Through financial donations and donations of time, work and materials, this project came to completion.
The Memorial is predominatnly comprised of materials found in El Dorado County and is placed on a hillside which overlooks the community which Officer Russell Died protecting. The focal point is a boulder quarried from the local hillsides and holds a plaque in honor of Officer Russell. Slate from the Chili Bar Area and local river rock are used in the surrounding pedestals.
A bench in which is enscribed the most sacred passage of the CHP oath sit adjacent to the boulder. “…and, if necessary, lay down my life rather than swerve from the path of duty…”
The Members of the Placerville Area Office of the California Highway Patrol give thanks to all the businesses and individuals which helped in the construction of this Memorial. It is opened to the public and can be visited during regular working hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.