Flags lowered in honor of Officer Kilcullen

Flags lowered in honor of Officer Kilcullen
U.S. and Oregon flags at half-staff at Eugene City Hall on Monday. The governor ordered flags in Lane County to be lowered through Friday evening in honor of Officer Chris Kilcullen.

EUGENE, Ore. - The governor ordered flags in Lane County to be flown at half-staff through Friday evening in honor of Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen.

Flags will be lowered across Oregon on Friday in honor of Kilcullen.

“Officer Kilcullen served the Eugene Police Department honorably for 12 years, earning more than 85 commendations and putting the safety of his community and our state first”,” said Governor John Kitzhaber. “My thoughts are with Officer Kilcullen’s wife, children, friends and family.”

A police memorial service with full honors for Officer Kilcullen will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus.

Kilcullen is the third Eugene Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Officer Jesse Jennings Jackson died in a motorcycle accident on June 2, 1934.

Officer Oscar Duley was shot and killed while conducting a liquor raid along with several Lane County sheriff's deputies on Aug. 29, 1930.

How the community can show their support

The outpouring of interest and support for Officer Chris Kilcullen and his family has been tremendous, Jan Bohman with the City of Eugene said.

RIBBONS: A Blue Ribbon campaign has emerged, and community members can join in by simply wearing a blue ribbon to indicate support for the Kilcullen family and Eugene police, Bohman said.

Ribbons will be available Monday at the City Council meeting at 7:30 in the Council Chamber at 777 Pearl Street. Dandelions Flowers and Gifts is providing free blue ribbons to community members who stop by their shop at 1710 Chambers Street in Eugene.

BLUE LIGHTS: The Kilcullen family has also suggested that community members can show their support by placing a blue light bulb in a porch light.

CARDS: Cards for the family can be sent in care of the Eugene Police Department, 777 Pearl Street, Room 106, Eugene, OR 97401.

FLOWERS: The family has requested that no more flowers be sent to the family. 

A memorial has been set up with Officer Kilcullen's motorcycle at City Hall in Eugene, and people are welcome to bring flowers and other remembrances there. A similar memorial has been set up in Cottage Grove.

More details are forthcoming this week about Friday's services at Matthew Knight Arena. Watch KVAL.com and KVAL 13 TV News for more on plans for the memorial as they become available.