SALEM, Ore. — Fallen Ashland Police Officer Malcus Williams received unanimous approval from the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) to join Oregon's Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.
On March 2, Officer Williams suffered a "major medical event" while on duty at the scene of a call. Officer Williams passed away after being rushed to the hospital.
Officer Williams is survived by his wife, Ona, and three daughters, Savannah, Georgia and Brooklyn, as well as his sisters Cindy and Amy, who is also a member of the Ashland Police Department. Officer Williams started his career with the Ashland Police Department on December 9, 1996—End of Watch March 2, 2018.
In May, the state held their annual Memorial Ceremony in Salem, honoring every law enforcement officer who has fallen in the line of duty since the 1880s. At the time, Officer Williams was not honored. According to PSST, it is the custom of state and national memorials not to add names during the year of the incident to give family, coworkers and the community a chance to heal from the loss.
Now Officer Williams is set to appear on the Law Enforcement Memorial and be honored in kind.
"The State's fallen law enforcement officer memorial was created more than 20 years ago to honor and remember Oregonians who wear a badge and uniform, and take an oath to serve and protect, and sadly died in the line of duty. Officer Williams name will be etched into a granite wall along side 183 other city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while helping others," said DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks.
Officer Williams name will be added during the state's annual ceremony in May 2019.