Officers rally to support family and remember Ofc. Libke
Still grieving, Hillsboro police Officer Sgt. Eric Bunday described the moments after hearing Oregon City volunteer police Officer Robert Libke had died after being shot in the line of duty.
"Immediately my heart and my mind went to the Libke family as I think did every officers' heart and mind, because they were experiencing the ultimate tragedy right then," Bunday said. "My heart, my mind went out to them - all my thoughts and my prayers drifted over here to Oregon City and that's where they stayed."
Today hundreds, if not thousands, will come together to remember Libke, who was the Oregon City reserve officer shot and killed a week and a half ago when he confronted a man who set his house on fire.
Bunday is part of an elite group of local law enforcement to make up the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.
The group makes sure fallen officers like Libke are given full honors, including the playing of taps and a 21-gun salute.
"This is our way of paying tribute to these people, these families that have sacrificed so much, because they are really the ones that kind of get forgotten," Bunday said.
The foundation was formed in 2011 after a series of law enforcement deaths, including Rainier police Chief, Ralph Painter.
"When I received word that Ralph had been shot, my heart stopped - time froze at that moment," Bunday said.
Painter was shot after responding to a disturbance call.
"My life changed at that moment. He was a guy who I deeply respected, who was a friend, and he had been lost in the line of duty," Bunday said. "I know I did not have a chance to say goodbye. But immediately my thoughts went to his family, because they did not have a chance to say goodbye either."
A motorcade procession will take Libke's body from Clackamas Community College to Memorial Coliseum, using I-205 northbound to westbound I-84 and then on to the Rose Quarter.
The procession starts at 10:45 this morning. The memorial service will start at 1 p.m. It's open to the public.