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Libke's name added to law enforcement memorial

The names of two police officers killed in the line of duty will be added Tuesday to a state law enforcement memorial.

The names of Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Libke and Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles H. Basye will be added during Tuesday afternoon’s Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Gov. John Kitzhaber will be the keynote speaker to honor 178 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. The addition of Libke and Basye to the memorial brings the total names to 180.

Libke was killed Nov. 3 when he responded to an emergency call about an armed man in a burning house in Oregon City. Libke, 41, was shot by a man who later was killed in the melee.

Basye’s name will be added to the memorial through the historic recognition process. Basye was murdered by an inmate during an escape from the Jackson County Jail on June 12, 1917. His death was unknown for many years until research by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office turned up details of his death.

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial, check the website www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx.