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ROSEBURG, Ore. - "Nulla dies umquam memori vos eximet aevo" or "No day shall erase you from the memory of time". That is the fitting inscription on the newly installed fallen deputy memorial which was officially dedicated and unveiled to the public on Thursday, December 20, 2018.
The memorial hangs on the wall in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office in Roseburg. It depicts four members of the agency who lost their lives while in service to the community and agency. The memorial was made possible by donations from the Douglas County Law Enforcement Association, Roseburg Optimist Club and the volunteers of Douglas County Search and Rescue.
The memorial features photographs and a brief story of the fallen deputy's service and sacrifice. Those remembered in the memorial include:
Sergeant Gerald G. Chirrick
Corporal Virgle D. Knight Jr.
Special Deputy Ronald H. Terwilliger
Posse Deputy Carol S. Anderson
Deputy Morris L. Taylor
Since 1985 the Sheriff’s Office has dedicated a space for a memorial wall within the secure and non-public are of the office. As a way to pay better tribute to their sacrifice and in an attempt to better memorialize and honor our fallen, it was decided the memorial would be moved to a more public location.
In a private ceremony, Sheriff John Hanlin dedicated the memorial and thanked those who helped to make it a reality.
“It is important for us all to remember and honor our fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty”, said Sheriff Hanlin.
Those invited to attend were family members of the fallen, Douglas County Commissioners, members of the Douglas County Law Enforcement Association, Search and Rescue, and the Roseburg Optimist Club. Approximately 20 people attended, including Commissioners Chris Boice and Tim Freeman.
The memorial was designed, constructed and installed by the Eugene based Presentation Design Group.