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TWO STATE POLICE OFFICERS HONORED
Public safety personnel from Umatilla County are creating a permanent memorial to all public safety personnel from the area who have died while performing their duties.  The tribute will consist of a 30-foot circle of flowers and rocks under a canopy of small deciduous trees.  It will be erected adjacent to the statue of Sheriff Till Taylor at the Park at 800 SE Court in Pendleton.  Sheriff Taylor was a member of the Umatilla County Sheriff´s Office who was killed on July 25, 1920, during a jailbreak.  Transecting the circle of flowers on the memorial will be a winding marble and cement wall in a stylized "S" shape.  Both sides of this will will list the names of 10 people who have died in the line of duty.  Additional space is available in the unfortunate event that other names need to be added.
 
Two OSP officers, Sergeant Richard Schuening, Arson/Explosives Section Manager, and Officer Dan Nelson will both be honored on the wall.
Sergeant Shuening was raised in the Pendleton area, where his parents still reside.  In 1997, he lost his life when an accidental explosion occurred during an explosive disposal operation.  He was 53 years old and had been with the Oregon State Police since 1979.
Sergeant Richard Scheuning 
 
 Trooper Dan Nelson Officer Nelson, also a former Pendleton resident, was 24 years old when an elderly male subject veered across the fog line on I-5 near Salem and struck him while he was issuing a warning ticket to a motorist.  It was later determined the accident was due to sleepiness on the part of the elderly male.  Officer Nelson had been with the Department just four months at the time of his death.
 
Jackson (John) Hart, formerly from the Umatilla County Sheriff´s Office will also be noted on the wall.  Hart was the first police officer killed in Oregon on May 14, 1865.  He was killed in a gunfight with two horse thieves.  Others to be noted on the wall include three members of a life flight Air-Ambulance that were lost in a helicopter crash in December 1986.
 
Donations for the memorial project are welcome.  If you desire to make a contribution, please send it to: Mike Davis, Treasurer, PO Box 302, Pendleton, OR  97801.