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August 9th Event - Oregon's Sixth Roadside Memorial Sign Remembering OSP Sergeant James Rector and Trooper Scott Lyons
08/06/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Oregon's sixth roadside sign honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be unveiled Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the Oregon State Police (OSP) Bend Area Command office.

WHEN:
Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.


WHERE:
Oregon State Police Bend Area Command office
20355 Poe Sholes Drive, Suite 100
Bend, Oregon
(Note: limited parking in area)

State Representative Andy Olson, OSP Superintendent Richard Evans, Representative Jason Conger, Oregon Department of Transportation officials, and others will join family and friends of two fallen Oregon State Police law enforcement officers whose names will be placed on a roadside memorial sign along Highway 97 in the Gilchrist area near milepost 187. This will be the first roadside memorial sign placed outside of the Willamette Valley.

The two fallen Oregon State Police law enforcement officers honored are Sergeant James D. Rector and Trooper Scott A. Lyons. Both officers were killed September 2, 1997 when their patrol vehicle was involved in a collision with a commercial motor vehicle west of Crescent, Oregon.

Sergeant Rector, age 46, was a 24-year OSP veteran in charge of the Gilchrist outpost after being promoted to sergeant 3 months before he died. Twenty-one of his 24 years with OSP was spent assigned at the Gilchrist outpost during which he worked with neighborhood watch groups and was a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in the local school. A Vietnam War veteran, he was named Klamath County OSP Officer of the Year (1995) and received the Oregon Police Officer Medal of Honor. During his law enforcement career, he was wounded twice in five separate police shootings. (http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/Pages/sgt_james_rector.aspx)

Regarded as a rising star in the Department's ranks, Trooper Lyons was with OSP for almost two years when he died at the age of 23. He grew up in the Bend area and followed his father, retired Senior Trooper Bill Lyons, when he joined the Department as a full-time trooper after working four seasons as an OSP cadet at Government Camp, Florence, and Coos Bay. (http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/Pages/scott_lyons.aspx)

Photographs of the sign placement and display will be sent to media after ODOT crews erect the sign.

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About Oregon's roadside memorial signs:
The 2011 Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3039 creating a limited, but official way to memorialize fallen police officers in Oregon. Roadside memorial signs have previously been erected along:
* Interstate 5 north of Albany (OSP Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Officer Jason Hoerauf)
* Highway 126 in the Eugene/Springfield area (Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen)
* Interstate 5 in Salem (OSP Superintendent Holly Holcomb, Sergeant Richard Schuening, and Recruit Trooper Dan Nelson)
* Interstate 5 south of Woodburn (Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant and OSP Senior Trooper William Hakim)
* Highway 99E north of Gervais (Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg)