UPDATE: Memorial service being held for CHP officer who died of COVID-19

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UPDATE: The memorial service for Merritt has begun.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A motorcade for a Bakersfield CHP officer who died of complications from COVID-19 has arrived at Valley Baptist Church ahead of a memorial service.

Scott Merritt, 42, was a 16-year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The service begins at 11 a.m.

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