In honor of Ashland Police Officer Malcus Williams, the state Board on Public Safety Standards and Training recently unanimously approved a request from its Police Policy Committee to add his name to the State’s Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. This decision was made at the BPSST’S quarterly meeting Thursday, July 26.
Longtime Ashland Officer Williams suffered a medical episode after responding to a call at approximately 7:25 p.m. Friday March 2. Other officers on the scene with him rendered aid and called the paramedics. He was rushed to Providence Hospital, but he passed away around 9 p.m.
His name will be added at the state’s annual ceremony in May 2019 because it is custom of state and national memorials to not add names during the year of the incident to give friends and family time to grieve, according to a press release.
Williams’ name will be the 184th added to the memorial, which includes law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers of city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s.
Williams began his service with the Ashland Police Department on Dec. 9, 1996.
“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,” BPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said. “Officer Williams’ name will be etched into a granite wall alongside 183 other city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while helping others.”