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Family and friends mourn CHP dispatcher

Family looks in to  locker of CHP dispatcher Justin Slaton
Posted at 5:33 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 04:33:51-04

CHP Bakersfield is continuing to mourn the loss of Justin Cody Slaton, the 36-year-old dispatcher that unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday.

On Saturday his family visited his work to meet with co-workers and friends and clean out his locker. In the locker they were surprised to find what they called a shrine dedicated to his family. It was full of drawings, Father's Day cards and old event tickets.

"He has movie stubs, and recital ticket stubs and every piece of paper, card, post-it note that the kids have ever drawn him. It's been hanging up in there, so I was quite taken back when I seen it," said Veronica Slaton, Justin's widow.

The father leaves behind three young kids, ages 6, 8 and 11.

"He was an incredible husband and father. He was so hardworking. He always wanted to make sure that his children's interests and what was best for them was always precedent. Was always in every decision that he ever made," said Veronica said.

September would have marked Justin's tenth anniversary with CHP. As a public safety dispatcher for CHP, Slaton answered 911 calls and worked with field officers over the radio.

"He was the person that the officers wanted behind the radio. He was the person you wanted behind the phone when you were calling 911. As a dispatcher he was the person you wanted sitting next to you. That's who he was," said Cassandra Vidal, Slaton's co-worker.

Slaton was also known to Power Rangers fans as the child actor who played the character "Young Bulk," one of the characters on "Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers," a spin off show of the original Power Rangers series which aired in the 90's.

Money donations are being collected at the Bakersfield CHP office, or on gofundme.