In Honor of the fallen #OREGONCITY Reserve #OfficerLibke His time in service will never be forgotten , He will live on in our hearts .
The Following Note from #PPB Officer Passadore brought tears to my eys as the following Officers stood to take watch .
Via Tony Passadore
Once again last night the officers I serve with here at the Portland Police Bureau did something that I wish everyone could have had the opportunity to witness, and I would like to tell you about. It was truly moving and inspiring.
I was giving Roll Call to the Central Precinct Night Relief, looking out at 16 officers. At the end of the roll call I announced that our shift would have the honor and responsibility of providing guard duty for Fallen Officer Libke of the Oregon City Police Department. I explained that I had four shifts of guard duty needing two officers per shift. This meant only 8 officers were needed to perform this special duty.
I explained that the duty would be assigned by seniority, and if you were interested in performing the guard duty to please make your way up to the front of the room and line up by seniority after roll call. I then dismissed the roll call and glanced down to read something on the roster.
When I looked up from the roster I could see 16 officers were standing in line, by seniority, in front of me volunteering to provide guard duty. I almost got choked up, as I am now writing this post. At the front of the line was an officer with 21 years of service and at the end was a probationary officer with 16 months.
The top 8 in seniority were placed on the roster. As the night went on those top 8 covered the open districts as we were able to have the lower 9 in seniority make their way in to have the privilege of assisting the more senior officers with performing guard duty for Officer Libke.
I too was able to participate in performing the duty, and I must say it was one of the most moving experiences I have ever had in my time of service. I can not tell you how proud I am of the men and women that I have the privilage of serving this city with.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Libke's family, the Oregon City Police Department and everyone in our police community who is feeling the weight of this tragic event. Stay strong, stay safe and God Bless.