Over the generations, the protection of the citizens and the pursuit of justice have been the responsibility of law enforcement officers. Those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice have demonstrated their devotion to the fundamental values of decency so essential to the well-being of American life. Those men and women who have carried the cause of justice to the grave deserve not only our respect but our heartfelt gratitude and affections.
It is most fitting that all Americans pay tribute to Law Enforcement Officers and that we join with them and the families of their fallen comrades in honoring the memory of those who have lost their lives while protecting their fellow citizens and communities.
Oregon State Police
Trooper Burrell Baucom died July 1, 1933 when he was shot and killed on N. Pacific Hwy. by two suspects operating a stolen motor vehicle. Subsequent to Trooper Baucom's death, a monument was placed at that location in his memory and the highway was named Monument Drive. The monument has since been moved to the northbound Manzanita rest area.
Josephine County Sheriff's Office
Emmett J. Blackmun, Captain of Search and Rescue, was killed coming home from a search on Deer Creek Road on September 24, 1968. His pickup truck went over an embankment. He was killed in the crash.
Alice Moran, a Corrections Deputy, died in an airplane crash on November 17, 1971. As a recently hired matron for the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, she was escorting a female witness who was scheduled to testify in a local criminal case. The airplane crashed on the western slope of Walker Mountain, which is located three miles northeast of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Glenn Allen, a Corrections Deputy, died in an airplane crash on November 17, 1971. Deputy Glenn Allen, a corrections deputy for 3 years, was transporting witnesses from Salem to testify in a local criminal case. The airplane crashed on the western slope of Walker Mountain which is located three miles northeast of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Marvin R. Brewster, Sergeant, died early on the evening of April 21, 1972. Sergeant Brewster's vehicle collided with a log truck near Murphy, Oregon. Sergeant Brewster died at the scene of the accident. He was serving as a resident deputy in the Williams area. He was a six year veteran with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.
Tom Rice, Deputy, Marine Patrol, died in a helicopter crash on May 23, 2002. Deputy Rice was a passenger in a helicopter that was searching the Rogue River for a missing woman. The helicopter hit a cable that crossed the river, causing the death of Deputy Rice and the pilot. Deputy Rice was a nine year veteran with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.
“In Memory of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers” represents the following:
The BLACK ribbon represents the deaths of the Officers;
The BLUE line represents the worldwide Law Enforcement community, often referred to as “The Thin Blue Line”;
The single GOLD star is displayed upside down to represent the grief and loneliness felt by all members of our brotherhood alike when an Officer is slain. It breaks the line, which represents the momentary break in “The Thin Blue Line” as we all pause to mourn our dead.