A Tribute to the Fallen Officers of 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 31, 2020

Contact: Brian Hunzeker, President
brian@pavigil.org
Angela Orr, Communications
angela@ppavigil.org

A Tribute to the Fallen Officers of 2020
We will never forget their sacrifice.

PORTLAND, OR: The members of the Portland Police Association (PPA) and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Honor Guard believe it is a privilege and honor to attend the funerals of our brothers and sisters across the nation who have died in the line of duty. With all that is happening in the world, our Honor Guard has been unable to personally attend memorials and funerals this year.

“The Portland Police Bureau stands with you, your agency, and your families. Those who have given their all may be gone but will never be forgotten,” said PPB Commander Erica Hurley. “This video is just a small token of our appreciation for your dedication and sacrifice.”

PPB Chaplain Steve Chadwick said, “As we look back, we remember those who were faced with moments where they didn’t have a choice, they fought, and they lost their lives for freedom. They stood for courage, for righteousness, and for goodness. We remember the brothers and sisters who stood in the way of harm. We remember that they used the time given them on this earth for good. And we thank God for them.”

“I’m thankful that we could come together and create this tribute to those we’ve lost in 2020. Honoring their sacrifice is a reminder that they were real people, not just the symbol of a badge—their families are left behind to carry on and find meaning in their tragedy,” said PPB Officer Stephanie Hudson, Honor Guard member.

“Policing and law enforcement, it’s a calling. Officers love their communities, that love is evident in the fact that they continue to go out every day and serve with excellence. This year has tested our grit and resilience like never before,” said Brian Hunzeker, PPA President. “Today we look back in remembrance with reverence and gratitude for those who gave their lives, and we look forward to the new year with hope as our profession continues to evolve to meet the needs of our communities.”

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The Portland Police Association is an independent labor organization representing the Police Officers, Sergeants, Detectives, Criminalists, and PS3s who work for the Portland Police Bureau and the 911 dispatchers who work for the Bureau of Emergency Communication.