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Honoring Law Enforcement


This week is National Law Enforcement Officers’ Week, and Monday in Bend, agencies from throughout Central Oregon gathered to remember fallen officers. During the brief memorial service, they were paying tribute to those who have been killed in the line of duty in Oregon and throughout the nation.  New Redmond Police Chief Dave Tarbet was at the ceremony; he knew the Police Chief in Rainier that was killed in the line of duty in January: “So when his name was mentioned by Chief Denny Kelly from Black Butte, during his talk, I took a moment to think about that. How short life can be when you meet somebody and then next thing you know, they’ve been killed by somebody else. You know, it makes you appreciate the fact you’ve gotten through life without getting killed yourself. ’Cuz there’s certainly opportunity for people to do that and dangerous situations that every police officer had been in and you think “but for the grace of God go I, kinds thing is what you think about for a moment.” Besides the death of the Rainier Police Chief last month in Eugene motorcycle officer Chris Kilcullen was recently killed. His death was the first Eugene Police officer killed in the line of duty since 1934.

 

 

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