MEDFORD, Ore. — All across the country, this week is Police Memorial Week, and Wednesday was Police Memorial Day in Jackson County.
Officers from Medford, Talent, Ashland and Jackson County Sheriffs joined to honor police officers who have died in the line of duty in the past hundred years.
Particular attention was focused on Sheriff August Singler who died a hundred years ago this year, and Medford constable George Prescott who was gunned down 80 years ago, in 1933.
“This year is especially special for us, because we honor August Singler, the 100th year anniversary of his death, and also the 80th anniversary of George Prescott. Both individuals made the ultimate sacrifice for doing the right thing for the right reason,” stated Medford Police Chief Tim George.
Prescott was gunned down by the leader of the “Good Government Congress”, Medford newspaper publisher Llewellyn Banks, in 1933. Singler died following a shootout while trying to arrest a wanted man outside Jacksonville, in 1913.