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Local auto dealers help widow, schools, police

Companies help officer's widow

Two local automotive businesses chipped in to help the widow of Milwaukie Reserve Police Officer Robert Libke, who was killed in the line of duty last November.

Elite Window Tinting in Milwaukie and Town and County Honda in Gladstone worked together to get Wendy Libke out of a car lease she could no longer afford. Employees of the window tinting company contributed $2,000 and the Honda dealer came up with the rest of the money to buy the car from a different dealer. The Honda dealer is selling it at a loss.

"We're going to lose money on the deal, but it's the right thing do. First responders like police officers contribute so much to our communities. They put their lives on the line every day," says Town and County Honda owner Ralph Martinez.

The deal came about at the urging of Oregon City Police Chief Jim Band, who knew Wendy could not afford to keep paying for both the car and Robert's truck. Band says Wendy is continuing to drive the truck because it helps her feel better. Wendy and Robert's baby daughter was born in February.

McLaughlin Jeep boosts schools

When Bob Nouri and Ted Moore acquired McLoughlin Jeep last year, they wanted to introduce themselves to the region. So they donated $40,000 to four schools. The schools were those that generated the most "likes" on KATU-TV's website through a Cash for Schools drive.

The winning schools that received $10,000 each were: Aloha High School; Camas High School; Washougal High School; and Mountain View High School in Vancouver. The money went for such things as student scholarships, computers and donations to charities selected by the students.

Nouri says he and Terry, who own dealerships in Oklahoma, were attracted to the Jeep and other stores on McLoughlin Boulevard because of its classic "auto row" feel.

Wilsonville Toyota donates car to Sherwood Police Chaplain

Wilsonville Toyota has donated the use of a Toyota Camry to Sherwood Police Chaplain Wilson Parrish for a year.

Parrish says he contacted five different auto dealers seeking a vehicle for police chaplain work but only Wilsonville Toyota. Owner Dave Jachter not only found the Camry, but donated a one-year lease and had the car wrapped in Sherwood Police Department by PDX Wraps of Sherwood.

To deal with all the possibilities, the list of “just in case” equipment carried in the car is long. It includes blankets, a portable canopy, a couple of bag chairs, standard flip flops, stocking caps, a few changes of clothes in different sizes, teddy bears for the kids, grief resource booklets, flashlights, extra batteries, a reflective vest and more, all donated by local vendors.

“And water,” says Parrish. “Always need to have plenty of bottled water.”