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REMARKS AS PREPARED
October 1, 2016

OSP Fallen Trooper Memorial Dedication

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

 

Today we gather to dedicate the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial and honor the legacy of service and sacrifice of the 33 Oregon State Police troopers who have died in the line of duty.

The memorial was conceived by former OSP Superintendent Tim McLain following the 2008 death of Senior Trooper Bill Hakim.  

Senior Trooper Bill Hakim, along with Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant, were killed when the bomb they were attempting to diffuse detonated at a Woodburn bank.

Trooper Hakim-- a U.S. Navy veteran and 11-year OSP trooper — is survived by his wife, son, and daughter who are with us today.

At the time of Trooper Hakim’s death, the names of fallen troopers were inscribed on a small plaque outside of OSP headquarters.

However, that plaque—which already bared the names of 32 fallen troopers— could not accommodate an additional inscription, so Superintendent McLain set out to establish a more fitting, prominent memorial to our fallen troopers.  

Eight years later, and thanks to the determined vision of the OSP Memorial Foundation Board and with generous contributions from individuals, the law enforcement community, and Oregon businesses, our state now has a memorial that stands as a lasting tribute to our fallen troopers. This memorial recognizes the unwavering dedication of the men and women of the Oregon State Police.

In particular, I want to acknowledge the following individuals and entities who brought this memorial to fruition:

     Jason Jones Sculpting

     White Oak Construction

     Gene Bolante, Studio 3 Architecture

     Oregon State Parks

     Members of the Fallen Trooper Committee and Foundation Board, AND

     Lieutenant Cari Boyd, acting president of the OSP Memorial Foundation

Thank you also to Senator Betsy Johnson for your enduring support of the Oregon State Police, as well as local law enforcement officers throughout the state.

I also want to recognize Superintendent Travis Hampton and thank you for your leadership of the agency.

Although he has been on the job as Superintendent for just a few months now, Travis is no stranger to Oregon or the Oregon State Police. He’s one of Oregon’s homegrown heroes, who began his career as a cadet with the Oregon State Police and came up through the ranks of the agency, serving in communities throughout the state.

Thank you Superintendent Hampton for your service to the people of Oregon.

Service, in fact, is a core pillar of the Oregon State Police. It is a tenet instilled in the vision, culture, and daily operations of the agency by OSP’s first Superintendent: Charles P. Pray.

When appointed to the lead the new state agency back in June 1931, he set the Oregon State Police off on a mission to provide “dignified and courteous law enforcement service devoted to the needs of the public.”

The lives of the Troopers we remember today, and for whom this memorial honors, epitomize this creed of service.

Since the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon State Police, a total of 33 troopers have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty.

All but four of our fallen troopers were married. Twenty-two had children, and collectively, the average age of our fallen troopers is just 36.

Their deaths were devastating to their families and to the communities they served. But each of the 33 troopers is forever honored by this memorial and remembered for their valor, and we find inspiration in their selfless service.

Over the 85-year history of the agency, Oregon has changed quite a bit. Our OSP troopers and law enforcement officers throughout the state face new challenges and are often asked to do more with limited resources.

I extend my sincere gratitude to our OSP Troopers and law enforcement professionals from city, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies who are with us today. Your dedicated service to our state is not taken for granted and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you also to the families, friends, and colleagues of those we honor today, including the Lyons family who we heard from earlier.

We know there are no words that can restore your loss — but know that the legacies of each fallen Trooper will never be forgotten.

Thank you.​