OSP Fallen Trooper Memorial Dedication
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
we gather to dedicate the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial and honor
the legacy of service and sacrifice of the 33 Oregon State Police troopers who have
died in the line of duty.
memorial was conceived by former OSP Superintendent Tim McLain following the
2008 death of Senior Trooper Bill Hakim.
Trooper Bill Hakim, along with Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant, were killed
when the bomb they were attempting to diffuse detonated at a Woodburn bank.
Hakim-- a U.S. Navy veteran and 11-year OSP trooper — is survived by his wife,
son, and daughter who are with us today.
the time of Trooper Hakim’s death, the names of fallen troopers were inscribed
on a small plaque outside of OSP headquarters.
that plaque—which already bared the names of 32 fallen troopers— could not
accommodate an additional inscription, so Superintendent McLain set out to establish
a more fitting, prominent memorial to our fallen troopers.
years later, and thanks to the determined vision of the OSP Memorial Foundation
Board and with generous contributions from individuals, the law enforcement
community, and Oregon businesses, our state now has a memorial that stands as a
lasting tribute to our fallen troopers. This memorial recognizes the unwavering
dedication of the men and women of the Oregon State Police.
particular, I want to acknowledge the following individuals and entities who
brought this memorial to fruition:
Bolante, Studio 3 Architecture
of the Fallen Trooper Committee and Foundation Board, AND
Cari Boyd, acting president of the OSP Memorial Foundation
you also to Senator Betsy Johnson for your enduring support of the Oregon State
Police, as well as local law enforcement officers throughout the state.
also want to recognize Superintendent Travis Hampton and thank you for your
leadership of the agency.
he has been on the job as Superintendent for just a few months now, Travis is
no stranger to Oregon or the Oregon State Police. He’s one of Oregon’s homegrown
heroes, who began his career as a cadet with the Oregon State Police and came
up through the ranks of the agency, serving in communities throughout the
you Superintendent Hampton for your service to the people of Oregon.
in fact, is a core pillar of the Oregon State Police. It is a tenet instilled
in the vision, culture, and daily operations of the agency by OSP’s first
Superintendent: Charles P. Pray.
appointed to the lead the new state agency back in June 1931, he set the Oregon
State Police off on a mission to provide “dignified and courteous law enforcement
service devoted to the needs of the public.”
lives of the Troopers we remember today, and for whom this memorial honors,
epitomize this creed of service.
the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon State Police, a total of 33 troopers have
made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty.
but four of our fallen troopers were married. Twenty-two had children, and
collectively, the average age of our fallen troopers is just 36.
deaths were devastating to their families and to the communities they served.
But each of the 33 troopers is forever honored by this memorial and remembered
for their valor, and we find inspiration in their selfless service.
the 85-year history of the agency, Oregon has changed quite a bit. Our OSP troopers
and law enforcement officers throughout the state face new challenges and are
often asked to do more with limited resources.
extend my sincere gratitude to our OSP Troopers and law enforcement
professionals from city, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies who are
with us today. Your dedicated service to our state is not taken for granted and
is greatly appreciated.
you also to the families, friends, and colleagues of those we honor today,
including the Lyons family who we heard from earlier.
know there are no words that can restore your loss — but know that the legacies
of each fallen Trooper will never be forgotten.