November 18, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph link valid 30 days (Left to right: Senior Trooper Codding and Senior Trooper Kammerman)
The OPOA held its annual Awards Banquet November 16, 2012 at Spirit Mountain Casino and announced the presentation of special awards to several individuals. Two of the awards, the OPOA "Life Saving Award" and the OPOA "Medal of Valor", were presented to OSP Senior Trooper Dave Kammerman and Senior Trooper Casey Codding, respectively. The OPOA "Life Saving Award" may be presented to individuals who, while serving in an official capacity with their law enforcement agency, perform an active, distinct and successful lifesaving of another human being. The OPOA "Medal of Valor" may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in an official capacity with their law enforcement agency, distinguish themselves by reacting to a situation in a positive and professional manner, thereby reducing the risk of loss of life or injury to citizens.
On May 1, 2012, the OSP SWAT team responded to the Crescent Lake area for a reported hostage incident at a remote cabin. A male subject had taken his estranged girlfriend hostage from Umatilla County and drove her to the remote cabin where they were holed up for several days. After OSP SWAT arrived, Senior Trooper Kammerman negotiated with the suspect for several hours until he agreed to exit the cabin. When the suspect came outside, he held the female hostage in front of him and stopped in the entry way holding what appeared to be a weapon to her back. As the hostage pleaded with the suspect to let her go, Senior Trooper Codding fired one round from a rifle that knocked the suspect to the ground, allowing the hostage to flee and the suspect to be taken into custody.
"If both troopers hadn't been able to remain calm and respond as they did, this situation could have had a much different and tragic result," said OSP Lieutenant Tim Fox, OSP SWAT commander at the time of this incident.
Senior Trooper Kammerman, age 43, is assigned at the Salem Area Command office and has worked for OSP for 11 years.
Senior Trooper Codding, age 35, is assigned at the Springfield Area Command office and has worked for OSP for 12 years.