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Roadside Memorial Sign Honoring 3 Fallen OSP Troopers Placed Along Interstate 5 in Salem
04/27/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon's newest roadside memorial sign honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty was posted along Interstate 5 in the Salem area Friday morning. The signs placement followed a special ceremony at the Oregon State Capitol attended by the officers' family, friends, State legislators, current and retired Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, and fellow public safety officers and officials.
 
On April 27, 2012, Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans joined State Representative Andy Olson to unveil the sign during a special ceremony inside the Oregon State Capitol in front of approximately 100 people. Family representatives expressed their heartfelt gratitude and shared special memories. The roadside memorial sign is the third to be posted along an Oregon highway after the 2011 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3039 authorizing the placement of the signs.
 
"The sign is a reminder that we won't forget the loss of Superintendent Holcomb, Sergeant Schuening, Trooper Nelson, and others who gave their life in the line of duty" said Evans. "As people travel past these signs, we hope they will remember each of our law enforcement officers working every day to keep our communities and highways safer for everyone."
 
The following three fallen Oregon State Police law enforcement officers whose names are displayed on the sign posted by Oregon Department of Transportation along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 258 between Market Street and Portland Road 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. (Info and photo - 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. (Info and photo - 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 a driver. (Info and photo - http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/officer_dan_nelson.shtml)
 
The sign was paid for by the Oregon State Police Officers' Association.
 
Roadside memorial signs were previously erected along Interstate 5 north of Albany (9/1/11 - Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Officer Jason Hoerauf) and Highway 126 in the Eugene/Springfield area (12/10/11 - Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen).