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Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 09/28/22

There things. 

The first of which I am sorry I was right the first time. Art Burger has passed away. I got A verification from Beth Hutton on at the Pension Board, and confirmed by Elaine Grant.

The second is that I recieved a request to get on the flash alert from a Pandra Parks, she said retired March of 2019. She said she had been getting the email but was not now. I checked and from that list I could not find her name with any eMail address. I also checked the new and old Blue Book with out being able to find her.

Just got word on memorial for Mace Flye from Mardi Epps.

There will be a memorial for Sgt. Macil Flye on Thurs. Oct. 20th at 2:00 at Mt. Scott Funeral Home (4205 SE 59th).
Private internment at Willamette National the next day.

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 09/27/22

WELL!!!!!! Some days you bite the dog and some days the dog bites you. TODAY I got bitten, BOTH or should I say ALL of the guys that I said hap passed have not passed. 

I miss understood the retired WCSO members Bill Nielsen and Bill Bailey, were the ones that passed. The retired PPB officers Lloyd Nielsen, Bradford Bailey, and Art Burger have not passed.

I apologize to them, their families and anyone else I disturbed by the incorrect information.

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 09/27/22

I am sorry to have to put all of these good men in the same message. They were special enough to have earned their own message. But Steve Russell’s just put out the word that Bill Nielsen (Lloyd?), Bill Bailey (Bradford?) have passed away. I also found that I may have missed a notification that Art Burger passed back in June. 

I have no information about memorials or other things if anyone wants to send me some information I will share it.

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 09/21/22

Just saw this from Mardi Epps.

I was informed this morning of the passing of MCSO/PPB Sgt. Macil Flye. He was 88. Don't know about funeral/memorial, more information soon.

Anyone with more information please let me know. Afreauff@comcast.net.

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 09/21/22

September 20 Board meeting minutes

09/21/2 Board Minutes

Call to order at about 11:15 AM at Elmer’s, 10001 NE Sandy Blvd.

In attendance were Harry Groepper,Harry Jackson, Elaine Grant, Elaine Maxey, Loretta Tucker, Clyde Harmon, Helen Warner, Gerald Mc Burney, Scott Fields and myself (Allen Freauff).


Talked about this years Picnic. It was warm ( 90 degrees by 01:00PM) and has been that way for the last two years.  Also there was an abundance of food left over afterward. There was thoughts about next year going with the Union to hold the picnic. Henry Groepper volunteered to liaison with them for next year.

News letter was discussed. Although someone had said they would do one, no one has seen one. Also due to the two methods of dissemination information (Facebook and Flash Net). There was no real need felt to have a news letter.

Name tags for Board members. Henry brought a couple samples and he will get some costs. Also it was felt that a Laser imprint of the Badge might suffice for the glued on badge taken from the Tie Tack.


Up coming Christmas Luncheon is on the 9th of December at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. The time is 11:00 AM. There was a good turnout last year. The amount of food was good even though a LOT of people did not pre register. Board Members are encouraged to attend at 10:00 AM to help set up the location.

Having a GENERAL MEETING of all members was talked about (after the New Year). Meeting locations that were presented were 47th and Burnside, 106th and Cherry Blossom Lane. Size of attendance would also be an issue.

With the passing of Mike Garvey there was a question at one point about the Facebook site that he had established. This has had good success in getting information out about Retirees that want to have gatherings and other activities. Allen was wondering if he should make certain that it continues by talking to Mr Ball at Mike’s Celebration of Life on the 12th of October. Whether to do administration work or funding or what ever it takes to keep it going.

Allen stated that he wanted to do the “Coffee and Donuts for Cops” again around the Christmas time to remind the Uniform Officers that they are appreciated and we support them.

The notice that DPSST was not longer going the Certify any Firearms instructors and that Portland Police Bureau was not going to Certify anyone to give the Firearms certification for the Federal Concealed Carry Permits caused Allen to see if we wanted to get any information for those members that wanted to get the permit. It was pointed that Beaverton still does the range qualifications for the permits. Allen will contact hem a get more information.

Being no further issues a motion to Adjourn was made and seconded. The vote was made to adjourn and it passed.


Any additions or questions please contact me at afreauff@comcast.net



Portland Retired Police and Widows Association (Photo) - 09/21/22


John Michael Garvey
Nov. 9, 1953 - Aug. 8, 2022
John Michael Garvey peacefully passed away at the age of 68, Aug. 8, 2022, in his newly completed dream home, in Palm Springs, Calif. After battling prostate cancer for seven months, he left this earth surrounded by his brother and sisters and his closest friend; all telling him how much he was loved. In his passing, he joined his former partner, Randy Gale, who preceded him in death.
Mike was born Nov. 9, 1953, at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore. He grew up in Southwest Portland and graduated from Wilson High School. From a young age, he decided that law enforcement was his calling. As a teenager, he was an Oregon State police cadet, and after his experiences as a cadet, he knew there was nothing more that he wanted than to serve the citizens of Portland and to try to make their lives better through his service.
He first joined the Portland Police Bureau in 1977 as a radio dispatcher. It was a foot in the door for him, and as he dispatched officers to calls, he knew that he wanted to be on the other side of the radio and finally became a police officer; the proudest accomplishment of his life. He began his career as an officer in 1978 and as a young officer, he was chasing a dangerous subject into a home where the suspect hid behind a wall and when Mike came into the house after him, Mike was shot in the face and the hand. Mike returned fire and started to chase the suspect until he fell to the ground unable to feel his legs. After a long recovery Mike regained his health and continued being a police officer. Mike lived his entire life after that with the bullet in his neck as it was too close to his carotid artery to remove.
During his tenure at the Portland Police Bureau, Mike rose through the ranks and retired as a commander. He was known as a cop who cared for the community. He had a deep love of helping people and bringing calm to those in need. At the same time, he was looked up to as a warrior and a leader within the Bureau. He was the Bureau's first openly gay male officer and met challenges associated with that by being the best officer and leader he could be. As an officer, he was never afraid of a dangerous situation, but he was also a co-worker and supervisor that cared and listened to those he worked with. He always wanted to help. That defined Mike. As one former co-worker said, "If the officers in the Bureau voted for Chief, Mike would have been elected by unanimous consent." There were countless times that patrol officers would be at a call at nighttime and were stunned to have "Commander Garvey" show up on their call, bringing assistance and cover for them. He became a living legend among the officers.
Mike was a decorated and accomplished police officer and manager. He was awarded numerous medals for his accomplishments and bravery including the Police Star for his grave injuries in the line of duty. He served in many assignments but was most proud of a few. He was Mayor Frank Ivancie's bodyguard and as a lieutenant, he was put in charge of organizing the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Portland. Mike was proud to bring law-enforcement from all over the world to Portland and to showcase the Bureau and its' officers. He also served as a sergeant and lieutenant in the precincts and later became the captain of the Training and Forensics Divisions. His most coveted assignments came at the end of his career when he was promoted to the rank of commander where he led at different times, the Traffic Division and Central Precinct. At Central, he commanded all uniformed officers on the west side of the river in Portland. Mike retired in 2005.
After retirement, Mike became a real estate broker and had a very successful second career as he and his life partner Randy moved to Washington, D.C., and then to Redwood City, Calif. Mike loved to play golf, travel, and run half marathons and road races with Randy. Mike always tried to be active and fit. When he passed away, he was the President of the Board of JUSTIS; the largest financial contributor to COPS (Concerns Of Police Survivors) in the nation; benefiting families of fallen officers.
Mike is survived by his sisters, Ann Schray (Mark) and Mary Garvey (Tom); and his brothers, Tony Garvey (Jill) and Mark Garvey (Becky,); his nieces and nephews, Jason, Jessie, Alexis, Caroline, Laura, and Max; and his best friend, Robert Ball. A Celebration of Life will be held for Mike from 4 - 6 p.m., Oct. 12, 2022, at Portland Golf Club, 5900 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR. Donations in the memory of Mike may be made to JUSTIS, www.justisorg.com Those having stories about Mike can send them to MikeGarveyStories@gmail.com">MikeGarveyStories@gmail.com">MikeGarveyStories@gmail.com">MikeGarveyStories@gmail.com
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Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 09/17/22

Just got this from Angela Orr at the PPA. 

Hello my name is Michelle and my mom Sharron Helm passed away on September 14,2022. My dad was PPD officer Robert Helm. I’m hoping you can let me know if there is any need for a Walker or transfer wheelchair? I’m not sure who to contact to ask but t mom would want me to check here first. Thank you for any help you can give. 

Michelle Kaliher


Portland Retired Police and Widows Association (Photo) - 09/14/22

Just saw this on Face book.

All, on behalf of Mike's family, we all hope you can join us in a celebration of Mike's life on October 12, 2022 from 4pm - 6pm.  It will be at Portland Golf Club, 5900 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR.  This will be more than just a memorial.  Mike would have loved all you swapping stories, being with each other, and his service being a chance to re-connect with those you haven't seen in a long time.  We look forward to seeing all of you that can make it - Robert Ball


Portland Retired Police and Widows Association (Photo) - 09/03/22

Sad news again. I tried to put a photo in here, but it may not convert.
Aug. 15, 1942 - Aug. 17, 2022
William "Bill" Raymond Bishop, age 80, Victor, Mont., passed away Aug. 17, 2022. He was born in Findlay, Ohio, Aug. 15, 1942, to William and Mabel (Lyon) Bishop. He attended North Baltimore Elementary School and Van Buren High School, graduating in 1960.
Those who knew Bill knew him as quiet and reserved, and just a great guy to be around. But most knew little about Bill's impact on the lives of others and the difference he made for so many folks. A bit of that history follows.
Bill enlisted in the Army and earned a Purple Heart and an Air Medal of Honor flying and working on helicopters in the three years he spent fighting in the Viet Nam war in the early 1960's.
When he returned home from the war he married Roberta DeBouver in North Baltimore, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1963. They divorced in 1980. Moving to California, Bill earned a degree in Aviation Engineering, earned a commercial pilots license, and received a BA from San Jose State College. After graduation he moved to Portland, Ore., where he worked as a helicopter mechanic flying with crews installing air filtration equipment on auto plants, setting towers and other major construction projects.
Bill then joined the Portland Police force where he served with distinction, receiving a letter from the Director of the FBI in 1975 for outstanding performance during the capture of an armed high priority fugitive. While serving on the Portland Police force Bill earned a master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Portland in 1980. A severe back injury occurring during an arrest in Portland ended his law enforcement career.
Bill then relocated to Washington, was a Realtor, and continued to enjoy his love of flying, with several light aircraft. He left Washington and moved to Montana in 1997, living in Victor, Mont., for the last 25 years of his life.
Bill volunteered at the Ravalli County Library in Hamilton, Mont., for many years, also volunteering for RSVP and the Lewis & Clark campground in LoLo, Mont. His volunteering at a wide variety of organizations earned him the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2004, from President Bush. Bill worked at a local gun shop for years and loved to shoot and work on guns, as well as his many Willys Jeeps. He worked at his place on many projects and helped his neighbors with their projects. Bill was a student of history, collecting antique maps and historical books, and knew every step of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Bill worked out at a gym in Hamilton, Mont., five days a week at 5 am. He would then meet his friends for coffee at the River Rising Coffee Shop and Bakery. Stephanie would make his special waffle. These times were full of good chats about life and times. The place will not be the same without him. Friends have installed a plaque at his spot at their table in his memory.
Bill is survived by an older brother, Robert Bishop, Ava, Mo.; and a sister, Linda Bishop Chesaux, Barre, Vt. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Ann Bishop, and Joyce Carles. He leaves many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Bill's request was to be cremated and buried in the family plot at the Maplewood Cemetery in the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio.
Those wishing to help remember Bill are asked to contribute to one of Bill's favorite organizations, the Montana State Historical Society. https://mhs.mt.gov/about/donate Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits