Memorial procession passes through Rainier, Oregon
A funeral procession for slain Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter made its way Friday from Longview, Washington to a funeral service at the Chiles Center located on the University of Portland campus in North Portland.
The procession stretched for miles along U.S. 30 and included about 500 emergency fire and police apparatus and vehicles from all over Oregon and Washington.
Hundreds of citizens lined the highway with flags and other tributes, standing in the pouring rain to show their respect to the fallen chief of police. The hearse carrying Chief Painter was led by motor officers.
PF&R firefighters from Engine 27, Truck 22, Engine 22, Engine 14, Engine 26, Truck 8, Truck 4, and Truck 25 stood at attention as the procession passed.
Portland Fire & Rescue’s Fireboat David Campbell was positioned in the Columbia River by the St. John’s Bridge and sprayed water high in the air in tribute as the procession rolled by.
PF&R Engine 13 passes under the flag raised by Truck 4 and Truck 28
Over 500 people waited to enter the Chiles Center at the University of Portland for the memorial service which featured a bagpipe procession and remembrances by Painter's family, Rainier Mayor Jerry Cole, and Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.
The 55-year-old Painter was shot and killed last week in a confrontation with a suspect at a car stereo shop in Rainier, Oregon.
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January 14, 2011