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Life of fallen Ashland Police Officer celebrated with procession, memorial

A procession was held in honor of fallen officer Malcus Williams. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

The life of a fallen Ashland Police officer was celebrated Saturday morning as a line of about 100 emergency vehicles proceeded down Ashland's streets in his honor.

Officer Malcus Williams, 51, served on the Ashland Police Department for more than 20 years.

He died of a major medical event on March 2nd while responding to a domestic violence call, but it was made clear on Saturday that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

"You can find somebody who's going to say something bad about me, and just about every police officer," said Ashland Police Chief Tighe O'meara, "You can't find one person to say a bad thing about Malcus."

In the celebration of life ceremony following the procession, hundreds gathered inside the Ashland High School gymnasium to pay their respects.

The service was filled with fond memories and thankfulness for all the compassion Williams showed throughout his life.

"I've known many good men in my life, but only few rise to the level of great," said Sgt. Bob Smith, Williams' friend and comrade. "Malcus rose to that level in my life."

Malcus is survived by his wife, Ona, and three daughters, Savannah, Georgia and Brooklyn.

He is remembered as a loving husband, father, officer and friend-- one who inspired those he worked with, and the community he worked for.

"Thank you, Malcus, for your service and a job well done," said Charlie Hall, Coach for Southern Oregon University Football. "Your legacy is one that law enforcement officers and citizens alike should strive to emulate."

Those close to Malcus know he was a faithful Tennessee Titans fan and lover of music. But first and foremost, they say he was a family man.

"Malcus never missed his daughters’ softball games, basketball games, volleyball games, cross country races, talent shows, battle of the bands, choir concerts, or theater productions," said Rev. Sean Weeks, who officiated the ceremony. "If it was his kids' passion, it was his passion."

The Williams family was presented with the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice during the ceremony.

Anyone looking to contribute to the family can do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation by clicking here.

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