Oregon State Senator Peter Courtney, Senator Ted Ferrioli, Representatives Andy Olson and Representative Kim Thatcher were in attendance along with former Superintendents Emil Brandaw, John C. Williams, LeRon Howland, and Timothy McLain. Representatives from local law enforcement, Oregon State Police employees, many family members and family survivors were also present.
"We appreciate the tireless efforts of many people who are working to make this memorial a reality," said Evans. "We want to make sure we never forget those who lost their lives serving as Oregon State Police troopers."
Funded entirely by private donations, using all Northwest businesses and materials, construction will begin after the memorial's $233,000 fundraising goal is reached. Over half of the costs have been raised through donations in the past eleven months. Anyone can make a tax deductible contribution to the "OSP Fallen Trooper Memorial" at any U.S. Bank branch, or online at the Fallen Trooper Memorial website www.ospmemorial.org.