News and Events
April 27th Event - Road Memorial Sign Remembering Three Fallen OSP Law Enforcement Officers
04/20/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

A public ceremony will be held Friday, April 27, 2012 on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol recognizing the placement of Oregon's third roadside sign honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
 
State Representative Andy Olson, representatives from the Governor's Office and several State legislators, Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans, Oregon Department of Transportation officials, and others will join family and friends of three fallen Oregon State Police law enforcement officers. The officers' names will be displayed on a sign that will be placed along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 258. The following three fallen Oregon State Police law enforcement officers honored are:
 
* Superintendent Holly V. Holcomb died in the line of duty November 25, 1975 in front of the Public Service Building in Salem when he was shot following a confrontation with a former state police employee. Superintendent Holcomb joined the Department of State Police January 1, 1939. (http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/holly_holcomb.shtml)
 
* Sergeant Richard Schuening died in the line of duty October 2, 1997 while performing duties as a Hazardous Devices Technician at a remote site in eastern Oregon. Schuening joined the Department of State Police April 1979 and worked in a variety of duties including patrol, criminal detective, and arson and explosives. (http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/sgt_richard_schuening.shtml)
 
* Recruit Trooper Dan Nelson died in the line of duty July 28, 1972 at the age of 24. Nelson had recently completed recruit school training and was beginning solo patrol when he was struck and killed along Interstate 5 north of Salem while standing next to a vehicle he stopped for a traffic violation. An elderly, drowsy driver crossed the fog line and struck Nelson as he was issuing a warning to another driver. (http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/officer_dan_nelson.shtml)
 
Photographs of the sign placement and display will be sent to media after ODOT crews have erected the sign.
 
WHEN: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Front steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem
 
The 2011 Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3039 authorizing the placement of these signs. Roadside memorial signs have previously been erected along Interstate 5 north of Albany (Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Officer Jason Hoerauf) and Highway 126 in the Eugene/Springfield area (Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen).