November 5, 2013
Three Oregon State Police (OSP) officers will be among several law enforcement officers honored Friday by the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA) in recognition for their professional, heroic response during a February 2013 active shooter incident at a Silverton-area RV park. The Oregon Peace Officers Association holds the annual awards banquet to honor the men and women of Oregon's law enforcement community who have distinguished themselves through bravery, heroism, and exemplary service to the public.
The OPOA is holding the organization’s annual Awards Banquet November 8, 2013 at Spirit Mountain Casino and announced the presentation of special awards to several individuals. One of the awards, the “Medal of Honor” is to be presented to 13 individuals, including OSP Sergeant Timothy Plummer, Trooper Perry N. Rhoades, and Trooper James Andrews. The OPOA “Medal of Honor” is awarded to individuals who, while serving in an official capacity with their law enforcement agency, distinguish themselves conspicuously by the performance of a heroic act in excess of normal demands of police service, being fully aware of an imminent threat to his/her personal safety.
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.
OSP recently received this email from a man who was shot during this incident by the suspect:
“I came across an article on Oregon.gov detailing the Sergeant and Troopers who responded to the incident on February 25, 2013. I was the victim that the shooter had shot when he first arrived. If possible, please relay to them my appreciation for their response to the active shooter. Their selfless acts of bravery saved lives and prevented any further injuries. I am slowly regaining use of my arm and, luckily, am the only one that has to. Please thank them for their service in protecting the residents here at the Silver Spur RV Park.”
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. All three were also recently recognized by OSP as recipients of the Department’s “Holly V. Holcomb Award.”