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Community gathers to remember fallen Oregon City officer

Posted: Updated: Nov 13, 2013 08:08 PM
The celebration of life service is being held at Memorial Coliseum. The celebration of life service is being held at Memorial Coliseum.
The procession began in Oregon City. The procession began in Oregon City.
Crystal Huck shared this photo with KPTV and wrote: "This is my son Logan on Halloween he was sooo excited to go see the policeman who was handing out candy....RIP Officer Robert Libke, Thanks for making my son the happiest boy alive on Halloween!!" Crystal Huck shared this photo with KPTV and wrote: "This is my son Logan on Halloween he was sooo excited to go see the policeman who was handing out candy....RIP Officer Robert Libke, Thanks for making my son the happiest boy alive on Halloween!!"
OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Hundreds of people lined streets and freeway overpasses in Oregon City and Portland on Thursday to remember a reserve police officer killed in the line of duty.

Police patrol cars and fire department rigs arrived by the dozen at Memorial Coliseum in the procession for Officer Robert Libke. A celebration of life is being held there this afternoon.

Officer Libke was shot outside a burning Oregon City home earlier this month by 88-year-old Lawrence Cambra, who then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

SLIDESHOW: Remembering Officer Robert Libke

Libke, a graduate of Marshall High School in Portland, had worked at Evraz Steel in Portland since 1997. He was most recently a general supervisor for the company, but he had also been with the Oregon City Police Department since 2009.

"Rob loved putting on the uniform and helping the police department serve the community," said a family statement.

Libke was the first Oregon City police officer shot in the line of duty in more than 100 years.

Since Libke's death, there has been an outpouring of support for his wife, who neighbors say is pregnant. Several police officers were moved to tears by a powerful tribute at an Oregon City High School football game earlier this month.

Thursday's event will mark the largest public memorial service.

For a Google Map of the procession route, click here.

During the procession, drivers were told to prepare for traffic delays on Oregon City streets, Interstate 205 and Interstate 84, as well as Portland-area streets around Memorial Coliseum and The Moda Center.

The celebration of life service itself starts at 1 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. Doors open at noon. Even though the Rose Quarter has approximately 2,000 parking spaces in available parking garages, organizers suggest using public transportation.

The Oregon Fallen badge Foundation is funding Libke's memorial service. Anyone wishing to donate to help offset the costs of the service may do so at http://oregonfallenbadge.com/site/index.php/make-a-donation.

In addition, anyone wishing to help Libke's family can donate at any branch of the Clackamas Federal Credit Union to the "Officer Libke Fund."

Donations, with checks payable to CCPOBF and the words Officer Robert Libke Fund in the memo line, can also be mailed to:

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation
P.O. Box 426
Oregon City, OR 97045

More information is available at CCPOBF.org.

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