SALEM, Ore. — The life and deeds of fallen Ashland Police Office Malcus Williams II are now enshrined in the halls of state government after lawmakers passed a resolution in his honor.
State Senator Jeff Golden (D-03) and Representative Pam Marsh (D-05), both representing areas of Southern Oregon, carried House Concurrent Resolution 24. It passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.
Excerpt from HCR 24:
Whereas Officer Williams was an outstanding police officer with a keen sense of responsibility and duty, and he cared deeply about making his community a better and safer place; and
Whereas APD Chief Tighe O’Meara said of Officer Williams that he was “that rare police officer that is universally liked” and that there is “not a person in the City of Ashland or Jackson County that has anything bad to say about Malcus”; and
Whereas Officer Williams said that “all people, no matter their station in life, deserve to be treated with dignity,” and he lived up to those words every day in his personal life and police work
The essence of the resolution is a catalogue of Officer Williams' life, his family, and his service as an officer with the Ashland Police Department.
Officer Williams was born in Eugene in 1966. He attended Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) in Ashland, where he played football and met his future wife, Ona. The two were married in 1990 and raised three children together, Savannah, Georgia, and Brooklyn.
Officer Williams was sworn in as a full-time officer of the Ashland Police Department in 1996 and served with distinction for 21 years, always ready to step up and help both on and off duty. He was beloved by his community.
“His wisdom, sense of humor and genuine respect for everyone he met made him a magnificent officer,” said Sen. Golden, “And his off-duty commitment to the activities of kids, his own and others, was prodigious.”
“I remember when the Ashland library closed,” said Rep. Marsh. “Officer Williams was called to address a protest being staged by a group of children. Officer Williams arrived, read them Leonardo the Terrible Monster, and then gently escorted them out. And when the library reopened six months later, Malcus was right there to lead a parade of those same kids back in, hand in hand.”
Officer Williams died in the line of duty on March 2, 2018. He was posthumously awarded the State of Oregon’s Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.
HCR 24 is intended to commemorate Officer William’s exceptional service and character. Ona and Brooklyn were both on the Senate floor for the final passage of the resolution, and Brooklyn sang the invocation.
"Officer Malcus Williams touched the lives of many, and he is greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and community," said a joint statement from Golden and Marsh.