Officers get donations from Oregon City fundraisers
Civic organizations in Oregon City have been stepping up lately to present police officers with checks from local fundraising efforts.
Oregon City police received over $2,300 from the Canemah Neighborhood Association from the neighborhood's Bronze his Boots fundraising campaign, which will pay for Officer Robert Libke's boots to be bronzed and placed by the flag poles of the new Robert Libke Public Safety Building.
Libke was shot and killed in 2013 while responding to a house fire on Linn Avenue. The Public Safety Building is scheduled to be completed in September 2020 at the former site of Mt. Pleasant Elementary School.
Also during the Nov. 6 City Commission meeting, Canemah resident and artist Dennis Anderson gave OCPD a painting of Libke's boots that will be placed in the new lobby with a memorial plaque explaining the meaning of the boots both outside and in the building.
Wendy and Ziva, Libke's widow and daughter, were in attendance at the meeting as a show of thanks, Police Chief Jim Band said.
"This is not something we asked a community to do," Band said. "These guys came up with this on their own, and I think it's proof that people in this community are never going to forget (Libke's sacrifice)."
Meanwhile, Oregon City Rotary Club member Steve Leitz presented Shop with a Cop a $1,100 check this month. Leitz owns a Pizza Schmizza and a Baskin-Robbins in Clackamas County that have annually supported the Clackamas County Peace Officer Benevolent Foundation's Shop With a Cop program in which local police officers and deputies buy toys for at-risk youth.
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