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Services for Oregon City Police Officer Robert Libke to be broadcast live today

by: OREGON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT - Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Libke iust days before he was shot in the line of duty.Today at 1 p.m., services for fallen Oregon City Police Reserve Officer Robert Libke will take place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way, Portland.

KPAM, AM 860, will be broadcasting live coverage of the services, which are open to the public. Doors are scheduled to open at noon.

Libke died Monday, Nov. 4, after being shot in the face while responding to a Sunday house fire in Oregon City. The gunman, who committed suicide as SWAT personnel arrived, is also suspected of setting the fire.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has ordered all state flags to be flown at half staff on Nov. 14 to honor Libke.

“I ask Oregonians across the state to join me in honoring the bravery and sacrifice of Officer Robert Libke,” Kitzhaber said. “Though we mourn the loss of Officer Libke, and send our prayers to his family and friends, we know that his courage and deep commitment to Oregon City will not be forgotten.”

OCPD has volunteers available to receive flowers and cards from citizens for Libke at the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, 1232 Linn Ave., Oregon City, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., daily through Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The Oregon City Police Department respectfully requests that any monetary donations to officer Libke's family by made through an account at the Clackamas Federal Credit Union. For details, visit:

ccpobf.org/oregon-city-officer-robert-libke-fund/

The memorial procession, which is scheduled to depart Clackamas Community College at 10:45 a.m., is expected to impact traffic between the college and the Memorial Coliseum. The public is invited to view the motorcade, but motorists are advised to find other routes when it is underway. The procession is expected to include hundreds of public safety vehicles.

The motorcade is scheduled to leave from Clackamas Community College at 10:45 a.m.

Section one of the routes is as follows:

• Through Oregon City, north on S. Molalla Avenue, then,

• Left on 7th Street westbound to Washington Street, then

• Northbound on Washington Street to 14th Street, then

• Left on 14th Street to SE McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E),

Section two is as follows:

• Right onto SE McLoughlin Boulevard to northbound Interstate 205, then ,

• Exit to westbound Interstate 84.

Section 3 is as follows:

• Approaching Interstate 5, exit toward Convention Center/Moda Center merging onto NE 1st Avenue, then,

• Turn left onto NE Multnomah Street, then,

• Turn right onto N. Interstate Avenue, then,

• Turn right onto N. Larrabee Avenue, then,

• Turn right onto N. Winning Way to access parking structures.

Members of the public who wish to view the procession from along the route are advised to be in position by 10:00 a.m. They are asked to not use freeway shoulders as parking areas to view the procession.

During the procession area travelers should be prepared for traffic congestion and delays on Oregon City streets, along Interstate 205 and Interstate 84, and Portland-area city streets in the vicinity of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum / Moda Center venue. ODOT will post messages on overhead variable message signs advising temporary closures on the freeway system for non-procession traffic.

Closures during the procession are as follows:

• Highway 213 near Clackamas Community College and Oregon City streets along the route will be closed until the procession has cleared.

• As the procession approaches Interstate 205, the northbound lanes will be temporarily blocked. All on ramps to Interstate 205 northbound lanes between Oregon City and Interstate 84 will be blocked until the procession has cleared. • On ramps will be re-opened as the end of the procession clears each interchange.

• Access to Interstate 84 westbound lanes will be blocked in the vicinity of the Interstate 205 interchange until the procession has cleared the area.

• All on ramps to westbound Interstate 84 will be blocked between Interstate 205 and Interstate 5 until the end of the procession has cleared each freeway access area.

• Interstate 5 is not expected to be closed but area travelers may experience congestion and delays near the Moda Center area (interchange Exit 302A).

• Portland city streets in the venue vicinity will be closed along the route until the procession has cleared the area.

• Transit riders along the processional route may experience slight delays as they wait and hold for procession to proceed.

The public attending the event is encouraged to carpool, use public transportation (trimet.org/) to Veterans Memorial Coliseum, or walk or ride a bicycle. Otherwise, expect delays and congestion before and after the event which is expected to end at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The service is being organized with the help of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation (OFBF). Founded in the spring of 2011 by several Oregon law-enforcement honor-guard commanders and coordinators, the non-profit organization provides support for the planning and execution of law-enforcement memorial services throughout the state in order to ensure fallen officers are given the full honors to which they are entitled.

Anyone wishing to donate to help support and offset the costs of the memorial service may do so at this time on the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website at oregonfallenbadge.com/site/index.php/make-a-donation.