The Rancho Cordova police officer who was killed in a traffic accident on Wednesday was a 1982 graduate of Galt High School. Those who knew the officer described him as a good student and football player.
Lawrence "Larry" Canfield, 43, was killed at around 1:55 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle on Coloma Road at Chardonnay Drive in Rancho Cordova, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's report. He was pronounced dead at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael.
Canfield was a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy for 13 years, and worked on contract with the Rancho Cordova Police Department. He collided with a vehicle driven by a 79-year-old man.
A summary of the accident by the California Highway Patrol was unavailable late Thursday afternoon.
CHP spokeswoman Tammy DuTemple said the Major Accident Investigation Team will take two to three weeks to complete its investigation because they have several witnesses to interview.
"They are very, very thorough, especially when there's a fatality," said DuTemple, a former Lodi resident.
Former teachers, coaches and classmates fondly recalled Canfield from his days at Galt High.
"He was a good kid," said retired American government teacher Mike Millet. "He had a great personality, a fun-loving kid, good family."
Canfield played both offense and defense on the Galt High football team for two years.
"I believe he played blocking back in my single wing," legendary Warrior coach Erv Hatzenbuhler said.
He played defensive end as well.
"His dad was also a sheriff," Hatzenbuhler said. "I remember how proud his dad was when he got accepted into the (sheriff's) academy."
Hatzenbuhler described Canfield as a great, hard-working kid.
"It hit my son real hard; they were friends," he said.
Hatzenbuhler's son, Marc, was a star football player at Galt High and worked with Canfield with the Sheriff's Department.
"(Canfield) did what he wanted to do, and that's the danger of being a sheriff. Crazy accident," Erv Hatzenbuhler said.
Gus Prouty, who was a classmate of Canfield's, remembers him as outgoing and always having a smile on his face.
"We hung out a little bit when we were younger and a little bit in college," Prouty said. "He was a wonderful guy to be around. I don't know that he ever met a stranger. It's awful."
Canfield, whose father served in the sheriff's department, is survived by his wife, two children and parents.
Gov. Arnold Schwar-zenegger extended his sympathy to Canfield's family and ordered flags at the State Capitol to be flown at half-staff.
A memorial service is pending, according to sheriff's spokesman R.L. Davis.