Portland honors police officers lost in the line of duty

Portland honors police officers lost in the line of duty
The Portland Police Bureau held its annual Police Memorial on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Waterfront Park. The special gathering remembers and honors local officers who gave their lives serving the city. The event took place during National Police Week, which recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com Producer/Reporter.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Mournful music emanated from Tom McCall Waterfront Park Tuesday afternoon as horns and bagpipes marked the Portland Police Bureau’s annual memorial service.

The service, held in front of the Police Memorial wall near the foot of the Hawthorne Bridge, was for officers who have died while on duty. Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese spoke during the commemoration, which honored 29 fallen officers.

Some of the family members who have lost loved ones placed roses, handed to them by police cadets, on the memorial wall. Police Chief Mike Reese also presented an American flag to the mother of Officer Kirk R. Huffstetler, who died in a crash in 2002.

Tuesday's memorial was part of National Police Week, which recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. The annual commemoration was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962.

Below is a complete list of the fallen Portland officers honored during the memorial.

  • Thomas G. O’Connor - August 29, 1867 - Gunshot
  • Charles F. Schoppe - June 13, 1874 - Gunshot
  • Samuel S. Young - September 23, 1908 - Gunshot
  • Albert W. Moe - January 9, 1914 - Gunshot
  • James R. White - November 17, 1914 - Directing traffic
  • Ralph H. Stahl - January 27, 1915 - Gunshot
  • James C. Gill - November 30, 1915 - Gunshot
  • John J. McCarthy - July 21, 1916 - Vehicle accident
  • Glenn Litzenberg - April 19, 1918 - Motorcycle accident
  • Jerome Palmer - November 17, 1920 - Gunshot
  • James Wright - 1921 - Pneumonia
  • Robert E. Drake - October 11, 1930 - Fall from building
  • Charles M. White - June 30, 1934 - Struggle during arrest
  • Phillip R. Johnson - May 9, 1941 - Gunshot
  • Charles E. Vincent - March 22, 1942 - Directing traffic
  • James A. Hines - November 4, 1945 - Directing traffic
  • Gilbert Horton - December 23, 1946 - Heart attack
  • Roy E. Mizner - February 18, 1956 - Vehicle accident
  • Vernon J. Stroeder - February 18, 1956 - Vehicle accident
  • Roger L. Davies - April 18, 1961 - Motorcycle accident
  • Robert P. Murray - May 2, 1962 - Motorcycle accident
  • Robert R. Ferron, Jr. - May 23, 1964 - Vehicle accident
  • Stephen M. Owens - September 23, 1973 - Vehicle accident
  • Dennis A. Darden - August 9, 1974 - Gunshot
  • David W. Crowther - December 27, 1979 - Gunshot
  • Stanley D. Pounds - July 18, 1984 - Vehicle accident
  • Thomas L. Jefferies - July 21, 1997 - Gunshot
  • Colleen A. Waibel - January 27, 1998 - Gunshot
  • Kirk R. Huffstetler - May 26, 2002 - Vehicle accident

Over the next year, three of the officers on the list will have their names added to the police bureau's memorial wall at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The men died in the early 1900s and members of the bureau's historical museum discovered their stories while digging through documents.