December 10, 2011
By Lauren Mickler
EUGENE, Ore — About 200 friends, family and fellow officers gathered at Willamette High School Saturday morning, almost eight months after losing Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen in the line of duty.
“Thank you all for being here on this chilly Saturday morning to unveil the signs to honor Chris Kilcullen,” said Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns as he greeted guests.
On the surface, this event was about a highway sign, but truly, it was about the man those signs will memorialize.
“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I was when Chris decided to become a police officer. I knew that he would be a good one, he just wanted to be able to help others,” said Chris’ father, John Kilcullen
“He was an incredible police officer, always representing our department and our profession like no other, no other,” said Chief Kerns.
“The world is a lesser place because of the loss of Chris, but it’s a better place because of Chris,” said Springfield Police Chief Jerry Smith.
The stretch of road that is being named for Officer Kilcullen played many significant roles in his life. It’s where he spent a lot of his life and where his life ended, but now it will be a place where his memory will live on.
“It’s really fitting, aside from the fact that woman needlessly took the life of him, it’s a place where he spent a lot of time working, and I can’t even count all the tickets he would write on that stretch of road,” said John Kilcullen.
“As all of us drive that stretch of highway, and see the signs, each of us can be reminded to always strive to live our lives treating others with patience and genuine respect, just as chris always did, with no exception,” said Chief Kerns.