California Highway Patrol officer Ronn Dominici raced to Rotary Park where Madera Police Department officers had made a stop of a stolen vehicle. One of the car thieves threatened the officers and attempted to escape. Dominici chased the man on foot until the criminal turned at the fence with a gun in his hand. Dominici responded by quickly drawing his service revolver.
“When I drew down on him he dropped his gun,” said Dominici.
Dominici served the people of Madera County for more than 33 years as a CHP officer from 1967 to 2000. He was one of the first on the scene at the discovery of the school bus used in the kidnapping of 26 Chowchilla school children and helped with the investigation. In the mid-80s he organized the original Sober Graduation for local high school students. Because of his outstanding service as a highway patrolman, Dominici was named Lawman of the Year by the Exchange Club in 1980 and again in 1985, 1999 and 2000 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Dominici was born in Madera in 1945. He attended local schools and graduated from Madera High School in 1963. While at Madera High, he was an outstanding football player both as an offensive and defensive lineman. He went on to achieve honors at Reedley College as a student and football player and was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2002...