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News Release
Police Memorial
Police Memorial
2021 Police Memorial - 05/07/21

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  May 9th thru May 15th, 2021

REPORTING DEPUTY:        Sheriff Dave Daniel

DETAILS:

This year National Police Week is May 9th thru May 15th, 2021.  Every year during this time, ceremonies are held to honor fallen Officers. While we would like to host a ceremony at the Josephine County Courthouse as we have historically done, due to Covid-19 concerns that event has been canceled.  It is however, very important that we remember and honor those members of our law enforcement family who paid the ultimate sacrifice in performance of their duties.

Law Enforcement Officers Killed While Serving Josephine County

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 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.

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 of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

It is with great sadness we lost these incredible men and women.  It is an honor to stand in their place and continue their mission of providing safety and security to the citizens of Josephine County and those who visit.  God bless all of our public safety professionals and Godspeed to those we lost. 

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