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Media Advisory: September 1st News Conference Unveiling First Roadside Memorial Sign for Fallen Officers
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

First Roadside Memorial Sign For Fallen Officers Unveiled at Site Along Interstate 5; Reminder to Drive Alert and Sober This Holiday Weekend
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Ten years ago, a drowsy 19-year old driver traveled off the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Albany and struck three police officers stopped assisting a family in a disabled van. Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and off-duty Albany Police Officer Jason Hoerauf were killed. Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright, with whom Officer Hoerauf was on a ride-along, barely survived. Burright's life-altering critical injuries led to his retirement bringing an early end to the career of an outstanding Oregon State Police trooper.
The 2011 Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3039 authorizing roadside signs honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. State Representative Andy Olson will join Oregon law enforcement officials, Oregon Department of Transportation, and family and friends of the fallen officers at the unveiling of the first roadside memorial sign. Law enforcement and highway officials will also provide safety reminders for Labor Day Holiday weekend travelers.
WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Interstate 5 at the Ankeny Hill Exit near milepost 243
(Important Note - Limited parking and access to the site is available at the top of a gravel frontage road access road east of the freeway northbound lanes near the site of the current memorial crosses. NO PARKING will be allowed on the northbound freeway shoulder.)
State Representative Andy Olson
Oregon State Police Superintendent Chris Brown
Albany Police Department Chief Ed Boyd
Oregon Department of Transportation
Theresa Heyn, twin sister of Senior Trooper Maria Mignano
Representatives from Officer Jason Hoerauf's family