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Officer honored

Radio number 8S10 of late motorcycle police officer John Satter was retired in Monday's ceremony
by: VERN UYETAKE Mayor John Kovash and West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus  present Satter’s wife, Rene, with a plaque.

It was a long time coming, but on Monday the city of West Linn finally retired the personal call number of the late police Officer John Satter, who died in December 2009 after battling cancer. He was 53 years old.

Surrounded by police officers, some in uniform and others in more celebratory garb - Hawaiian shirts - West Linn Mayor John Kovash read from a proclamation highlighting Satter's lengthy service to the city of West Linn.

Satter worked as a reserve police officer in the Portland area for 10 years before joining the West Linn Police Department in 1989. He became the department's first motorcycle officer in 1995.

Kovash said in the thousands of hours Satter spent patrolling West Linn on his motorcycle, he amassed 'more citizen commendation than any of the officers he worked with due to the respect and kindness he treated people with.'

'To honor his dedicated service to the people of West Linn and the state of Oregon, his radio number, 8-Sam-10, is being retired in his memory,' Kovash said.

Before the ceremony, held during a city council meeting at city hall, police Sgt. Neil Hennelly said Satter's official recognition was delayed because his widow had moved out of state after his death. She was back in town to visit this week.

Hennelly also said West Linn officers rarely have radio call numbers, which are issued only to those working traffic detail.

Typically, the numbers are recycled as officers move through traffic positions. Taking a number completely out of service is a way of honoring the person who last used it.

Police Chief Terry Timeus presented Satter's wife, Rene, with a plaque recognizing his work in public safety. He also gave her a souvenir generally awarded to all city staff members who retire: a clock with the person's dates of service on it.

Satter had filed paperwork to retire just two weeks before his death.