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Sergeant James D. Rector
Dec. 17, 1950 - Sept. 2, 1997
Sgt. James D. Rector
Sgt. James D. Rector
Lost In The Line of Duty
 
Oregon State Police Sergeant James D. Rector was killed in a traffic accident along with Trooper Scott A. Lyons while on routine patrol west of Crescent, Oregon on September 2, 1997.
Sergeant Rector was a 24 year veteran of the Oregon State Police and had been promoted to sergeant in June 1997.  
Sergeant Rector, survived by a wife, and two sons, had been assigned to Klamath Falls for approximately two years early in his career and served the remaining 21 years of his 24-year Oregon State Police career in the Gilchrist-Crescent area.  He worked with neighborhood watch groups and was the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in the local school and would jump in whenever a community need arose.  His wife, Carol, works for Crown Pacific, the local timber company.
Sergeant Rector was a Vietnam War veteran.  He was also the Klamath County State Police Officer of   the Year in 1995 and received the Oregon Police Officer Medal of Honor for his involvement in a shooting.  Sergeant Rector had survived five shoot-outs and two bullet wounds in his career