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Youngstrom Funeral: 'Our Ultimate Hero'

Vacaville funeral is underway for CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, killed in an exchange of gunfire Sept. 4 during a routine traffic stop on I-680 in Alamo. Link in here to Patch live blog from the funeral.

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Live blog from the Vacaville funeral for CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. It includes audio files of speakers from the funeral.

11:28 a.m.: Storm Youngstrom: "To me, he wasn't only my uncle, he was a hero and a father to me. He would always be there to comfort me."

Storm tells everyone she would like to become a CHP officer.

11:24 a.m.: Niece Storm Youngstrom, and son Alex Youngstrom, share memories of Kenyon with the audience.

11:18 a.m.: Youngstrom's brother Clinton tells the audience that Kenyon had a temper growing up and the family always thought he'd be in the back of a police car and not in front.

The audience laughs.

11:13 a.m.: Officer Tyler Carlton just finished speaking. Emotional speech. His voice was cracking and a round of applause as he ends. Youngstrom's brother is now addressing the crowd.

"He was our brother, our friend, our ultimate hero," he said.

Youngstrom's brother spoke of Kenyon's faith and love for his family. He loved being a CHP officer.

11:02 a.m.: Calhoun said that Kenyon was one of his favorites. A great guy who was always in a good mood.

10:58 a.m.: Retired CHP Capt. Jim Calhoun addresses the audience. Tells them he met Kenyon in 2005 at the academy.

10:46 a.m.: CHP Golden Gate Division Chief Theresa Becker is now addressing the crowd.

10:32 a.m.: The Mission Church in Vacaville is overflowed with mourners at this time. Pastor Phil Foley is leading the invocation. CHP Sgt. Farrow, Contra Costa CHP reads scripture.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow," plays while mourners quietly weep. Solemn looks on the faces of mourners.

10:18 a.m. Bagpipes are playing.

10:16 a.m. The church is full. Seating is only available outside. Hearse is there along with mounted officers. Leisure Town Road lined with police on both sides. Color guard is entering church with casket now.

9:58 a.m.: Set for 10 a.m., many continue to arrive in Vacaville for the funeral of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, a resident of Fairfield The funeral is open to the public, but the seating is limited.

9:29 a.m.: Expect delays as officers from all over the state, and as far away as Reno, Nevada, are arriving for the funeral of CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. In addition, delays have been reported along Interstate 80 as the funeral procession makes its way to Vacaville.

ABC7 News has a live video feed from the funeral.

Previously:

Police officers from as far east as Reno and south as Santa Barbara, Milpitas, San Mateo and Santa Barbara are at The Mission Church on Leisure Town Road in Vacaville. 

The funeral was to start at 10 a.m. but the procession passed through Fairfield and Vacaville earlier this morning. Stay tuned to Patch for updates.

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