MEDFORD, Ore. — Tuesday marked the hundredth anniversary of the first sheriff killed in the line of duty in Jackson County, and one of the first in Oregon, back in 1913.
On Wednesday, Jackson County Commissioners joined with the House of Representatives in Salem and Washington to honor the memory and life of August Singler. Members of Singler’s family were present and they reflected on the importance of remembering those who give their life in public service.
“You’re never really gone unless you’re forgotten, so it’s up to my mother he will never be forgotten and it’s been a labor of love for the last 20-plus years for her to make sure that his memory is out there in the public,” said Chris Walker, the Jackson County Clerk.
20 years ago, the plaza between the county jail and justice building was dedicated in Singler’s honor and a memorial marker placed in front.