On Monday Officer Montanez, from the Santa Fe Springs office of the California Highway Patrol, discovered a fallen tree in at the corner of Larrylyn Drive and Woodbriar Drive by Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School in unincorporated Whittier.
He called Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, then sat in his patrol car, lights flashing, and waited.
He was there when my daughter and I drove past on our way to see The Lovely Bones and was still there when we came home. During that time he kept a watchful eye to be sure the obstruction caused no further harm, leaving only once to back up another officer.
Eventually he was relieved by Officer Aravejo who taped off the tree.
Later in the afternoon a crew from the Department of Public Works arrived in flourescent yellow gear and removed the tree. They were still working after sunset, but by early evening the road was clear and the hazard was gone.