Engine 11 represented PF&R in the procession that escorted Chief Painter's body on Thursday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of OregonLive.com.
The body of fallen Police Chief Ralph Painter was returned home from the state medical examiner's office to Rainer, Oregon yesterday. A procession of patrol cars, fire apparatus, and other vehicles stretching from Clackamas to Rainer escorted the SUV carrying Painter’s body.
Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Deputy Chief John Harding and Engine 11 joined the procession as it passed Foster Road on I-205. Firefighters from Engines 28 and 13 were placed on overpasses over I-84 at stood at attention as the procession passed. Engine and Truck 3 were on an I-405 overpass, and Engine and Truck 22 were placed north of the St. John’s Bridge on Highway 30 to show PF&R’s support and respect.
Painter was shot to death on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 about 11:00 a.m. in a confrontation with a man who had been acting strangely at a car stereo installation shop called Rainier Sound Authority. Daniel Armaugh Butts, 21, was arrested in the shooting and was booked into the Columbia County jail. Painter died of a gunshot wound to the head.
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