Oregon Honors 192 Fallen Police Officers; 3 names added to Memorial Wall

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The State of Oregon remembered and honored 192 fallen law enforcement officers and the families they left behind, at a memorial ceremony Tuesday after- noon, in the presence of Governor Kate Brown. The event took place outdoors at the state memorial located at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The names of three deceased Oregon law enforcement officers have been approved for addition to the state memorial and honored at this year’s ceremony; S. Allen Burdic of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, EOW (end of shift) 3/11/21; Oregon State Police John R. Burright, EOW 5/4/21; and Carl L. Frazier of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EOW 9/10/1979.

The Oregon Fallen Police Officers Memorial Ceremony is an important event that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is proud to host each year in partnership with the Enforcement Memorial Fund of Oregon Law, Oregon Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, and various Oregon Statewide Law Enforcement Associations.

The memorial honors 192 Oregon police officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1860s. This includes officers from law enforcement agencies in the city, county, state, tribal and federal government officials who served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

The Oregon Memorial takes place the week before National Police Week events in Washington, D.C. so family members and co-workers can attend both memorials. More than 21,000 officers who died in the line of duty are honored on the national memorial

Background to the names added to the Oregon Fallen Police Officers Memorial in 2022:

On March 11, 2021, Deputy Sheriff S. Allen Burdic died from complications from a gunshot wound. In the early morning of August 12and, 1980, Deputy Burdic responded to a shooting at a tavern in Myrtle Creek. As Deputy Burdic was checking the area, he located the suspect parked at a gravel turnout near I-5. Subject opened fire on Deputy Burdic, shooting him twice. The man then stole Deputy Burdic’s patrol vehicle and ran over his legs as he drove away. One of the shots injured Deputy Burdic’s spine, causing him to suffer from partial paralysis. He retired from medical treatment in 1982 following the incident and continued to receive medical care until his death from complications from injuries. The subject who shot him was sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempted murder, first degree assault, felony possession of a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Deputy Burdic had served the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for one year at the time of the incident and had previously served with the Canyonville Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and son.

On May 4, 2021, Sergeant John Burright succumbed to injuries sustained on September 4, 2001, when he was struck by a vehicle near mile marker 243 on I-5 near Albany. Senior Private Maria Mignano and Police Officer Jason Hoerauf of the Albany Police Department were killed in the same incident while the three of them were helping a family whose van had broken down. Officer Hoerauf was on a ride with his mentor, Sergeant Burright, when the two stopped to help the van. Cavalier Mignano intervened at the scene to support them. As the three officers stood on the right side of the van, which was parked on the right shoulder, a van suddenly swerved into a lane of traffic. The van struck the right rear of Cavalier Mignano’s patrol car, traveled alongside the other two vehicles, and struck the three officers. The driver of the vehicle was then driving with a suspended license and had fallen asleep while driving. Cavalier Mignano and Officer Hoerauf succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Sergeant Burright was airlifted to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. He suffered serious injuries that forced him to retire on medical grounds in early 2002. He remained under continuous medical care until he succumbed to complications from his injuries on May 4, 2021. In December 2001, the man pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to two days in jail and three years probation as part of a plea bargain. Sergeant Burright had served in the Oregon State Police for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

On October 9, 1979, Sergeant Carl L. Frazier suffered a fatal heart attack while pulling a large crop of marijuana from the bottom of a canyon that had been discovered and reported by hunters. The steep canyon hampered rescue efforts and Sergeant Frazier had to be winched to the causeway so he could be transported to hospital. Sergeant Frazier died of a heart attack 8 days later. Sergeant Frazier was with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at the time of his death and had previously served 15 years as a police officer with the Riverside, California Police Department. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

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The Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund raised funds to build the state memorial more than 20 years ago and hosts the annual ceremony. For more information about the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the statewide license plate that is available to honor fallen police and firefighters, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov /dpsst/BD/MFB/Pages/Oregon-Law-Enforcement-Memorial-Trust-Fund.aspx

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Police Officers Memorial, please visit:

https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/Memorials/LawEnforcement/Pages/default.aspx

For more information on National Police Week, please visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.

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