BRENDA K. HAMANN SCHOLARSHIP
Two fantastic young leaders submitted and qualified for the scholarship award. Please join us in congratulating Bridget Fenner and Tyler Copeland. Bridget is the granddaughter of John Downey session 165 and retired OSP Lieutenant. Tyler is the son of Andrew Copeland session 267 and current Keizer PD Lieutenant. These two applicants submitted fantastic letters, resumes, and transcripts. Your dues make this possible, so a big thank you for staying active!
There will be a regional lunch in Bend on June 17th at Worthy Brewing. Please RSVP to my email; email@example.com
282 is moving right along. This week is the tough one for this session time of year. As you spring timers remember, they host the COPS kids, attend the Police Officer Memorial events in DC and it is usually on the heels of the Holocaust Museum trip.
August 4th, mark your calendars, flier soon!
The National Conference in Cleveland is just around the corner, great opportunity to reconnect with classmates and friends while "networking".
FBINAA Charitable Foundation
We received a letter from Doug Muldoon thanking us for our continued support as a chapter. Greg Olson and Michael Womer saw some real life applications of these funds that went to help our fellow members who found themselves in tragic circumstances. The testimonials were powerful and grateful for the support they received.
Heavy Heart Part
John Simmons represents CZ at our conference each year and up until his retirement this year, has been a tremendous supporter of our Chapter. John is also an NA graduate from session 215 and an active member of the Kansas/W. Missouri Chapter. John lost his wife Susan near the end of April after a 30 plus year battle with Cancer. Several of us are still in contact with John and have sent condolences. If you wish to reach out, contact Greg or of course you can log into the NA website and his contact information is there.
Many of us learned yesterday through OACP about Chief Tom Turner from Florence PD/Lane County Sheriffs Office, Session 220. We have reprinted that announcement below for those who are not members of OACP.
From Sheriff Clifton G. Harrold Lane County Sheriff's Office
I'm saddened to provide an update regarding Chief Tom Turner's retirement and the quickly deteriorating health condition he is experiencing. Please keep Tom, his wife Collin and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and consider sending Tom a note or video encouragement if you have worked with him over the years. The following update is from Lane County Sheriff Cliff Harrold and below his note is the announcement of Tom's retirement from Erin Reynolds, the Florence City Manager:
Last year Tom underwent surgery and treatment for cancer. Though the initial treatment was full of significant challenges, Tom overcame those (with the constant and significant assistance of his wife Collin) and was feeling optimistic and energetic the last time I met him for coffee early this year. Unfortunately, his cancer has come back with a vengeance over the last several weeks. It is moving very quickly, and he has been put on hospice care - there are no treatment options available to him. He is unable to speak and cannot take visitors, but he does communicate with Collin by writing notes on a legal pad.
I was communicating with Collin yesterday and we think it would be terrific if, during the time he has left, he could hear from some of the folks that he's had an impact on in life. Folks could mail a card or note, or, perhaps record a short video message and send it to them via text for Tom to enjoy. You may have an idea of folks that should also get the news that might not be on my radar, please feel free to share. Anyone who would like to send a note or text can email me and I will make the connection.
For those who did not know Tom, his career began as a Reserve Officer for the City of Eugene in 1981. He was a Resident Deputy for the Lane County Sheriff's Office in 1982. As a result of budget cuts, he left the Sheriff's Office and joined the Eugene Police Department, where he worked for the next 23 years as a police officer, police agent (detective), sergeant and lieutenant. From around 2000 through 2003 or 2004 he was the EPD/LCSO Combined SWAT Team Commander. He re-joined the Lane County Sheriff's Office as Administrative Captain in 2006, and was promoted to Undersheriff in 2007. He was appointed Lane County Sheriff on January 19, 2011 to complete the term of then Sheriff Russel Burger. He served as Undersheriff and Sheriff during our dark days of budget cuts and layoffs from 2008-2012, and he worked night and day in order to see us successfully pass the Public Safety/Jail Levy which restored our services in 2013. In 2015 Tom "retired" from LCSO and was hired by the Florence Police Department as their Chief of Police, a position he still technically holds. I have communicated with Commander John Pitcher, who is FPD's acting Chief of Police in Tom's absence at this time, and have offered our assistance with anything their agency might need from us.