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Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony - May 6, 2010
04/21/2010
Eriks Gabliks, Director
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
(503) 378-2332


Link to Memorial Invitation:
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2010-04/1187/Police_Memorial_Invite_2010.pdf
 
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.  The event is open to the public.
 
Each May, in recognition of National Police Month, this ceremony is held to honor officers who have given their lives while serving the people of Oregon.  There are currently the names of 167 law enforcement officers who are honored on the Oregon memorial.  No additional names will be added to the memorial during this year's ceremony.
 
The intent of the tribute, according to Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Director Eriks Gabliks, is to never forget those who have made such an incredible sacrifice, while ensuring the safety of others.  “We hope that through this gesture, we can let their families and colleagues know how much the State appreciates their work and will not forget that they gave their lives on our behalf," said Gabliks. 
 
Last year, two names of officers in Oregon who gave their lives in the line of duty were added during the ceremony.  Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant and Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim lost their lives in the line of duty in December 2008 while handling a suspicious device at a Woodburn-area bank.
 
Across the nation on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1792, nearly 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
 
In Washington, D.C. and in communities across the nation, ceremonies will be held to honor fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week, May 9-15.  Oregon’s tribute is always held the week before the national recognition ceremony so family members may be able to attend both the state and national remembrance ceremonies.
 
For additional information on the National Law Enforcement Memorial:
 
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
901 E Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20004-2025
Phone: (202) 737-3400
http://www.nleomf.org