(Left to right: Sergeant Plummer, Trooper Rhoades, and Trooper Andrews)
Three Oregon State Police (OSP) officers were presented Saturday with the Department’s “Holly V. Holcomb Award" in recognition of their professional response earlier this year during a deadly confrontation at an active shooter incident at a Silverton-area RV park. The award is named after former Superintendent Holly V. Holcomb who died November 25, 1975, when he was shot and killed by an assailant in front of the OSP General Headquarters in Salem.
On October 12, 2013, OSP Deputy Superintendent Maureen Bedell presented the award to Sergeant Timothy Plummer, Trooper Perry N. Rhoades, and Trooper James Andrews during a ceremony for graduating OSP recruit troopers in Salem.
The “Holly V. Holcomb Award" is presented to sworn employees who react to a situation in a heroic and professional manner to reduce the risk or loss of life or injury to citizens or another officer.
On February 25, 2013, several OSP troopers responded to assist Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Silverton Police Department regarding a report of an armed suspect at the Silver Spur RV Park. The 78-year old male suspect, positioned on an elevated vantage point in the park, was shooting at officers keeping them from approaching.
After arriving, Sergeant Plummer distracted the suspect by acting as a decoy, taking targeted fire in the process. His actions allowed Trooper Rhoades and Trooper Andrews to get into position where they were able to fire at the suspect wounding him. The officers moved in and, after safely restraining the suspect, they immediately rendered first aid before the suspect was flown by air ambulance to a Portland-area hospital where he died from his injuries.
Sergeant Plummer (Patrol Services Division) and Trooper Rhoades (Patrol Services Division) are assigned at the Salem Area Command office. Trooper Andrews (Fish & Wildlife Division), who at the time of the incident was assigned at the Salem Area Command Office, is now assigned at the Albany Area Command office.