Plans move forward to name stretch of highway after EMT who died at Oceano Dunes

Christopher Meadows
Christopher Meadows

A move to name a section of Highway 101 after a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue team member has passed the California Legislature and now moves to Caltrans to determine how and when to implement it.

Christopher Meadows, 24, was responding to a report of a person with a broken leg on the Oceano Dunes on May 24, 2009, when his ATV rolled over on him.

Prompted by Meadows’s father, Timothy, the county Board of Supervisors and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian have fought to have the stretch of Highway 101 between Madonna Road and San Luis Bay Drive the Christopher Meadows Memorial Highway.

That effort succeeded last week, Timothy Meadows told The Tribune.

The resolution authorizing the move has gone to Caltrans, which will determine the cost of producing and erecting the signs, according to Craig Swaim of Achadjian’s office. Supporters will have to raise the money to pay for it, Swaim said; no government funds are involved.

Christopher Meadows was the first member of the county's search-and-rescue team to be lost in the line of duty.

He was a graduate of Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business, had his EMT certificate, and was applying to paramedic schools when he died.

There is a Christopher Meadows Memorial Paramedic Education Fund, which has awarded scholarships since 2010.