1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
May 11, 2007 00:00
On Monday, May 14, 2007, at 12:00 p.m., Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer will join members of the Portland Police Bureau in a ceremony honoring officers who have died in the line of duty. The annual ceremony, held at the Police Memorial located in Waterfront Park near the south end of the Hawthorne Bridge, marks the beginning of Police Memorial Week.
During this year’s ceremony, the Police Bureau will make a posthumous presentation of the Medal of Valor to the family of Portland Police Officer Charles F. Schoppe. Officer Schoope was the second Portland Police Officer to die in the line of duty. On June 13, 1874, Officer Schoppe was in the area of Southwest Oak Street and Southwest First Avenue when he heard the sound of gunfire coming from the area of the Cozey Saloon. Without hesitation, Officer Charles Schoppe entered the saloon in search of the suspect. Immediately after entering the saloon, Officer Charles Schoppe was shot in the chest. While mortally wounded, Officer Charles Schoppe charged the suspect and hit him in the head with his baton. The suspect fell to the ground and Officer Schoppe collapsed on top of him and died.
Please join members of the Police Bureau as we honor those who have sacrificed their lives while serving the citizens of Portland.
Sgt. Pete Simpson