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Honoring the Fallen
Long ago in an agency far away I thought it would be great to join the Honor Guard. Cool uniforms, white gloves, road trips paid for by the city! My first assignment was to attend a funeral in Seattle for a fallen officer. The church was huge with a massive screen over a professional theatre sized stage. The church was packed and my team had to stand in the back while others were looking in through open doors. As soon as the ceremony started I realized there was more to the Honor Guard than I had foreseen.
Seeing the family was heart wrenching. Seeing officers in tears as they tried to talk about him was tough too. It was the beginning of my understanding of what sacrifice the spouses, children, parents and fellow officer endure when one of us falls. The demonstration of emotion does not stop at the church.
At a funeral of a fellow Portland Police Officer I was in a car with three other officers. The procession was seven miles long traveling at thirty miles per hour. We spoke very little as we wound our way to the cemetery. As we traveled down I 205 traffic going in the opposite direction stopped and people got out of their cars to put their hands over their hearts. One man, an obvious Veteran, stood at attention and held a salute until every police car had passed.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
The National Police Memorial is in Washington DC. The wall there has the name of each officer killed in the line of duty. This week, the 145 officers killed in the line of duty in 2016, will be added to the wall. Although there are over 21,000 names on the wall I know too many.
The Central Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies, including Federal, State and Local, hold a ceremony at Brooks Park in Bend during Police Week. Similar events are held throughout the State with the largest event held at the Police Academy located near Salem. The Police Academy has a marble wall with the names of officers who have fallen in the line of duty. This year, Sgt. Gooding of Seaside PD, had his name added to the wall.
During Police Week in Bend this year we remembered some of our friends who have their names etched in marble. There was a color guard, a twenty-one-gun salute, bagpipes, bugles and prayers. Each day we put on the uniform knowing there is always a danger. Yet we are dedicated to go toward danger to protect others.
By the time the ceremony was over, three police officers had been killed that very day.
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Black Butte Police Department Installs Drug Drop Off Unit
The Black Butte Ranch Police Department has recently installed a drug drop-off box. The department received the free drop-off box through a grant from CVS Pharmacy's Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. CVS Pharmacy teamed up with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to donate up to 1,000 drug collection units to law enforcement agencies nationwide. The Black Butte Ranch Police department completed the grant application in early May and received our box last week.
Homeowners are encouraged to drop off excess and unwanted prescriptions, including over-the-counter medications.
Items that will be accepted include:
-Prescription pills, Ointments or Patches
Items that will not be accepted include:
-Lotions or Liquids of any kind
All of the medication collected will be secured by the police department and destroyed by incineration.
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