13 fallen officers honored by Jackson County law enforcement
Jackson County law enforcement agencies gathered in downtown Medford to pay their respects to 13 fallen officers Tuesday morning. These officers either who worked for a Jackson County law enforcement agency at the time of their death or used to work for one before dying in the line of duty.
"It definitely makes you pause for a moment," Medford Police Deputy Chief Scott Clauson said. "Because what we do in service to our community does take a toll on our officers. It's good to remember that. They work long hours. They work graveyard. They're often away from their families on the weekends, so it's a stressful career."
Clauson said the annual ceremony reminds the community of the risks made by local officers each and every day.
"It's really the ultimate sacrifice," Clauson said. "Most people, when they sign up for this job, they want to serve and do good. They never expect the unexpected to happen."
After working in law enforcement for over 23 years, Clauson said there one fallen officer on the list he knew personally which was Ashland Police Department's Malcus Williams. The Ashland Police department reported Officer Williams suffered a major medical event, while on duty at a domestic violence call in March 2018.
The ceremony is a part of National Police Week, in which similar memorials are taking place across the country.
Here is a list of the fallen officers that were celebrated during Tuesday's ceremony:
- August D. Singler, Jackson County Sheriff
- Charles H. Basye, Jackson County Sheriff Deputy
- Samuel Prescott, Ashland Police Department
- Victor Knott, Ashland Police Department
- Constable George J. Prescott, Medford Police Department
- Arthur S. Hubbard, Fish & Game Commission Warden
- Malcus Williams, Ashland Police Department
- Philip B. Lowd, Oregon State Police
- Ralph Bates, Oregon State Police
- Doug Kocina, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
- Bret Clodfelter, Oregon State Police
- Jon Cook, San Francisco Police Department
- Patrick "Scott" Johnson, Division of Alaska State Troopers