November 11, 2013
Plans for the Celebration of Life for Oregon City Police Department Officer Robert Libke are being finalized. The multi-agency represented Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation Response Team is working to provide a memorable service for Officer Libke's family, Oregon City Police Department, and the local community.
The recommended first source of information is the Oregon City Police Department website, http://www.orcity.org/police. The website is being updated with information regarding the Celebration of Life event, planned vehicle procession route, transportation options and more as soon as it is available.
The following is a review of information up to this date:
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE - Community members are invited to join Officer Libke's family, friends, and public safety for the celebration of his life. Because of the potential for heavy traffic congestion near the venue, those planning on attending the service should make travel plans to arrive in time and dress warm.
* Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
* Doors open for entry at 12 noon
* Veterans Memorial Coliseum
* 300 N. Winning Way, Portland, OR 97227
PROCESSION - There will be a procession joining Officer Libke's family involving law enforcement, fire service, and emergency responders in marked and unmarked vehicles starting at 10:45 a.m. from the Clackamas Community College and ending at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
* Details of the start time and route are being finalized and will be released Tuesday in a separate news release.
* The vehicle procession will involve only vehicles mentioned above. The route should provide many safe viewing locations for the public who wish to pay their respects. ODOT cameras on TripCheck.com should also provide good visuals for tracking the procession.
* Because the route is expected to travel along Interstate 205 northbound and Interstate 84 westbound, travelers who expect to use these freeways on November 14 between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. should plan now for an alternate route due to anticipated traffic slowdowns and congestion.
* We urge any travelers on the freeway route to NOT stop on the freeway shoulders to watch the procession. We don't want any well-intentioned person to be involved in a traffic-related incident. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible so please periodically check the Oregon City Police Department website for more information.
PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Even though the Rose Quarter has approximately 2,000 parking spaces in available parking garages, service organizers suggest the public consider using public transportation. Parking at the venue is free during the service.
* Public parking will be in the Garden Garage Parking lot located north of the Moda Center. Link to information about venue area parking - http://www.rosequarter.com/parkingdirections/parkinginformation/tabid/62/default.aspx
* The public is urged to access the public parking from Interstate 5 northbound taking Exit 302A, turn left on Broadway Street and left on N. Vancouver Avenue. Approaching the Moda Center, turn right on N. Center Court Drive and the parking structure will be straight ahead. Event attendees traveling southbound on Interstate 5 should take Exit 302A, continue south on N. Vancouver Avenue and turn right on N. Center Court Drive where the parking structure will be straight ahead.
* Law enforcement and procession-involved traffic will be using the West Broadway and East Broadway parking garages.
* Those using public transportation can plan their trip to and from the Rose Quarter area at http://trimet.org/.
GIFTS and DONATIONS - Oregon City Police Department has volunteers available to receive flowers and cards for Fallen Officer Robert Libke at the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., daily through Tuesday, November 12.
* The Department respectfully requests no monetary donations be dropped off at the school. An account has been set up for anyone who would like to help his family financially through the Clackamas Federal Credit Union. For details, click here http://ccpobf.org/oregon-city-officer-robert-libke-fund/
* Flowers and cards can be dropped off at the school located at 1232 Linn Avenue in Oregon City
* Several individuals and organizations are holding fundraiser events. Oregon City Police Department requests that any fundraiser event planners contact the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation to ensure the funds go into the donation fund set up to help Officer Libke's family (see above). Contact information for the CCPOBF at http://ccpobf.org/contact-us/.
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