An officer with the Fresno (CA) Police Department—identified as 48-year-old Phia Vang—was off duty when he was killed in a collision with a wrong-way driver.

According to Fox News, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand released a statement saying, "We are mourning the loss of Police Officer Phia Vang, who passed away Monday afternoon while involved in an off-duty car accident. Officer Vang was a well-loved and respected member of the Fresno Police Department, a 26-year veteran who was most recently assigned to the Fresno Area Express (FAX) Unit, and he will certainly be missed."

The statement continued, "My thoughts and prayers are with the Vang family during this most difficult time and my condolences go out to his fellow officers. We’re fortunate to live in a community that understands and appreciates the important role that law enforcement plays in our everyday lives. We’re a better city because of the brave and caring men and women of the Fresno Police Department."

Vang is a 26-year veteran of the Police Department. He leaves behind his wife, three sons and one daughter.

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