UPDATE: Fallen Ashland Police Officer Malcus Williams is set to receive the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice. The honor was approved after a unanimous decision by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. The commission held an emergency telephone meeting this afternoon, March 9, to discuss awarding the medal to Officer Williams posthumously.
SALEM, Ore. — An emergency telephone meeting will take place on Friday, March 9 to discuss the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice for Ashland Police Officer Malcus Williams. Officer Williams died in the line of duty last Friday, March 2, after suffering a “major medical event.”
Nominations for the medal are decided by the Governor’s Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. The Commission will review nominating Officer Williams at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
If the Commission decides to nominate Officer Williams, Governor Brown will be given the choice to award the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice to the fallen police officer. The medal is usually given to the family of a fallen officer by Oregon's governor at the memorial service.
Williams’ family will be holding a celebration of the fallen officer’s life and memory at the Ashland High School Gymnasium on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. They are welcoming everyone in the community to attend. There will also be a livestream of the event, simulcast in the Ashland High School Theatre for overflow attendees.
Officer Williams is the 184th Oregon law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty since the state government began recording that information in the 1880s, according to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was first established in Oregon law back in 2012.
Six fallen law enforcement officers have received the medal since the honor was codified into law, according to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.
State law describes the medal as bronze, with a police shield overlaid by a sheriff's star with the seal of the State of Oregon in the center, and the words "Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice" emblazoned across it. The medal hangs from a ring attached to a gold ribbon with a blue edge.
Monetary donations can be made through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. You can also donate at any US Bank by referencing the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation — Officer Malcus Williams. Any money donated to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation during this period of time will go directly to the family.
The last time this medal was awarded in Oregon, it went to Sergeant Goodding of the Seaside Police Department.