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Three Names to be Added to Oregon's Law Enforcement Memorial Wall During May 8th Ceremony
Eriks Gabliks, Director
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
(503) 378-2332

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Each year, Oregon law enforcement joins family, friends and community members gather in Salem to remember and honor the brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. The 2012 Police Memorial Ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 8, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Highway in southeast Salem. The public is invited to attend and honor in remembrance those who serve to protect our communities.
Governor Kitzhaber commended the ceremony to honor the fallen officers. "The men and women who commit themselves to protecting Oregonians show immeasurable integrity and bravery each and every day. All of our officers deserve our thanks and recognition, but none more so than those who've given their lives serving our state."
The Honorable Paul J. De Muniz, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, will join Eriks Gabliks, Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, to honor our courageous state troopers, county deputies and city officers for the hour-long ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m. The following three names will be added to Oregon's memorial wall with the names of 172 other fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty since the 1880s:
  • Eugene Police Department Officer Chris Kilcullen
Officer Kilcullen, age 43, died in the line of duty when he was shot on the afternoon of April 22, 2011 during a traffic stop along Interstate 105 at 52nd Street in Springfield. The suspect was later apprehended after fleeing the scene. Officer Kilcullen was a member of the Eugene Police Department for 12 years and was part of the department's Special Operations Section - Traffic Enforcement Unit. He was a founding member of the department's Crisis Intervention Team and previously also served on the Rapid Deployment Unit and Crisis Negotiations Team. During his career, Officer Kilcullen received more than 85 commendations for his work and interactions in the local community. (Photograph provided with this release)
  • Oregon Department of Corrections Officer Buddy Ray Herron
Corrections Officer Herron, age 42, was enroute to work on November 28, 2011 when he stopped to help a stranded motorist and was fatally stabbed. The suspect was apprehended later. Corrections Officer Herron worked at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution between 2007 and 2011. Prior to joining Oregon Department of Corrections, he worked 12 years for Arizona Department of Corrections following his service in the United States Navy. He was also a volunteer firefighter with Helix, Oregon Fire District. (Photograph provided with this release)
  • Lake County Sheriff's Office Deputy Samuel J. Lewis
Deputy Lewis' death was unknown to the Memorial Committee until a retired deputy sheriff from Texas researching line of duty deaths shared the information. On March 11, 1882, Deputy Lewis was guarding a prisoner in the Klamath Falls area when a group of masked men attempted to take the prisoner with the intention of lynching him. When Deputy Lewis refused to surrender the prisoner, a gunfight ensured during which Lewis was shot in the thigh damaging the femoral artery. He died shortly after the shooting. One of the masked men was also shot and later died. (No photograph available for this release)
Oregon's memorial wall was constructed and dedicated May 15, 2000. It was moved to the new training academy location in Salem and dedicated during the annual ceremony May 11, 2006.
During the month of May, hundreds of similar memorial events will be held throughout the country in addition to the National Law Enforcement Memorial's 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil scheduled on May 13, 2012. The Candlelight Vigil is one of many events honoring America's fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week, May 13 - 19. Information regarding a live webcast of the emotional Candlelight Vigil, National Police Week and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is available on their website at www.nleomf.com.
The names of Officer Kilcullen, Corrections Officer Heron, and Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter will be three of 164 names of fallen officers added this year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chief Painter's name was added to the Oregon memorial wall last year.

Since September 1, 2009 a "Fallen Public Safety Officer License Plate", honoring fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, has been available from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Money raised from the purchase of the license plates will support families and escorting officers as they attend the national memorial honoring the fallen public safety officer. For more information about the special license plates, go to: