Stretch of Highway 30 named after fallen Rainier police chief

Stretch of Highway 30 named after fallen Rainier police chief »Play Video

RAINIER, Ore. - A police chief who was killed in the line of duty was honored Monday by having a portion of Highway 30 named after him.

Ralph Painter, a 25-year veteran with the Rainier Police Department, was killed Jan. 5 while struggling with suspect Daniel Butts, who allegedly used the officer's own gun to kill him.

An 18-mile stretch of Highway 30 that runs from St. Helens to Rainier has now been designated the 'Chief Ralph Painter Memorial Highway.'

His widow and 8-year-old son helped unveil the new sign Monday morning.

"This stretch of highway did mean a lot to him, you know, protecting the town and everything," said Amy Painter. "It's just a great tribute to him."

Butts is currently in jail awaiting trial on aggravated murder charges. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.