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Troutdale D.A.R.E. officer Kellogg loses battle with leukemia

by: File photo Troutdale Police Officer Mike Kellogg was the 2005 SummerFest parade grand marshal.

Michael A. Kellogg, a Troutdale resident and 19-year police officer, died Friday, July 29, after a six-year battle with leukemia. He was 44.

Kellogg, who joined the Troutdale Police Department in 2000, was the Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer at Troutdale Elementary School for five years and taught D.A.R.E. classes to fourth-grade students at Sweetbriar Elementary School, where he often repeated his motto: 'Have fun, always try your best and do the right thing.'

Troutdale police Sgt. Rodney Wilkerson, a close friend who served as the best man at Mike's wedding, said Mike believed in the D.A.R.E. program and its message, volunteering to teach at schools that didn't have the program.'He had a drive to see (the students) educated so they would have the tools they needed to make better choices,' Wilkerson said.

Kellogg was serving as the D.A.R.E. officer at Troutdale and Sweetbriar elementary schools when he was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2005 after a visit to the hospital for flu-like symptoms. The prognosis was grim, and he was in and out of the hospital for the next several months.

At one point, his doctor told him he would never work again and would spend the rest of his life on disability, according to an Outlook article in October 2006.

But after 19 months, Kellogg returned to work as a police officer on Sept. 11, 2006 - a date he picked to honor police and firefighters who gave their lives in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

'I'm full time on the road,' he told The Outlook. 'Back to 100 percent police officer taking calls on the street. The immune system is still not up to par yet, so it actually is safer for me to be out here than roaming the schools.

'It's still nice for me because I can run through the neighborhoods in the morning and say 'hi' to the kids at the bus stop,' he said. 'They still remember me.'

On Sept. 29, 2006, Troutdale Elementary invited Kellogg to an assembly under the ruse that he was there to talk about the D.A.R.E. program. It was really a special assembly to dedicate the new climbing wall to him.

His cancer later returned, and he underwent more treatment. Friends, family and community members held several fundraisers for the Mike and Holly Kellogg fund to help out with medical bills.

Wilkerson said Kellogg always kept his sense of humor and remained positive, trying not to let his battle affect his work.

Kellogg enjoyed the many facets of law enforcement. He served on the Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team, was a school resource officer at Walt Morey Middle School and Reynolds High School and an emergency vehicle operations trainer through the police academy.

He also enjoyed NASCAR, travel, camping and fishing. He was named the Oregon D.A.R.E. officer of the year in 2003 and was the Gresham Elks Club's Officer of the Year in 2004.

'He was a great police officer and a great friend,' Wilkerson said. 'He's going to be missed by a lot of people.'

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SERVICES: Visitation hours will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Omega Funeral Home, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring.

ABOUT MIKE: Michael A. Kellogg was born Jan. 31, 1967, in Portland to James and Lois Kellogg. He was raised in Gresham, graduated from Barlow High School and attended Mt. Hood Community College. He served in the Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989 as a reservist. On July 12, 2008, he married Holly Schmorl at the Bell Tower Chapel in Boring.

Kellogg served as a deputy at the Multnomah County jail and as an officer with the Fairview Police Department before he joined the Troutdale Police Department in 2000. He volunteered as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer in the Gresham-Barlow School District.

SURVIVORS: His wife; sons, Nick Kellogg of Troutdale, Austin Kellogg of Seattle and Kris Kellogg of Seattle; mother of Troutdale; sister, Julie Kenny of Oregon City; stepbrothers, David Kellogg of Portland, Jim Kellogg of Portland and Randy Kellogg of Washington; and stepsister, Diane Robertson of Fairview.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS: Memorial donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9320 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite 140, Portland, 97219.