Retired California Highway Patrol Commissioner Dwight “Spike” Helmick receives an honor from his former high school. He'll be inducted into the Oroville Union High School District Hall of Fame. Helmick began his 35-year career with the CHP in 1969. He was valedictorian of his CHP class, was promoted to sergeant in 1974, and was assigned to Sacramento in 1975.

He was appointed commissioner by Governor Pete Wilson in 1995. He was only the fifth officer in the history of the CHP to rise all the way through the ranks to the top position in the state. Commissioner Helmick retired from the CHP in 2005. He'll be inducted tomorrow in Oroville.

Photo: California Governor Gray Davis (L) and California Highway Patrol Commisioner Dwight 'Spike' Helmick (C) watch Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee Duane Smith adjust a prototype of a truck stopping device mounted on the rear of the truck November 27, 2001 in Oakland, California.