Several months ago, I was honored to be invited to the dedication of the “wall” of fallen troopers in Salem, fallen State Police officers. It was a very emotional experience and one I will never forget. Today came the news of a new name that could be added someday to that wall.
Last night (Christmas Night), Trooper Nic Cederberg, North Plains Worksite, was in contact with a violent offender in Washington County which resulted in an officer involved shooting. Nic received multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a Portland area hospital. Nic underwent surgery this morning and is in critical condition surrounded by his family and friends.
Trooper Cederberg, 32 years old, is a seven year veteran of the Oregon State Police and is assigned to the patrol division at the North Plains Worksite. He is also a US ARMY veteran. Please respect the family’s privacy as they go through this difficult situation. We are also humbled by the support the community has given. Please keep Nic, his family and all of his law enforcement peers in your thoughts and prayers.
My friends, this is why I’ve urged my Judiciary Committee in the Oregon Legislature to pass a bill to put murdered police officers on the list of “hate crimes”. Are police any different than anyone else that’s murdered? YES! They willingly go into the battle every day. We aren’t becoming a more peaceful society, we are becoming more violent. Our police, despite crappy pay and hours, step up every day to protect us. I thank them and I urge prayers for this man’s family and the troopers that all knew him and ALL of the members of the “Thin Blue Line”.
Here is my committee bill as referred to above: READ DRAFT LEGISLATION HERE.