Members of St. Vincent de Paul and local churches remembered Major Egan. They say his death prompted change in the community, and now homeless people in Lane County have safe and warm places to sleep when temperatures drop below 30 degrees.
Last year the Egan Warming Centers opened 15 nights and served 926 people, including 119 veterans.
“This event will hopefully remind us of the tragedy of someone dying alone at night by themselves,” said Raymond Byrne, Retired Brigadier General.
Long-time human rights advocate Wayne Ford was also given the Ripple of Hope Award for his involvement in the overnight camping program just set up with Lane County Parks.