Officer who championed banner program is dead
Jim Cummo, a Beaverton police officer who started the program of honoring active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces, has died.
Cummo died April 10 of cancer, a Beaverton Police Department spokesman said. He was 70. His death occurred two months after Cummo, an Army veteran himself, was honored with his own banner on Southwest Murray Boulevard near Sapphire Drive.
He is survived by his wife, Judith, two children and several grandchildren.
Cummo was the subject of a story in the 2018 edition of Portrait, published by the Pamplin Media Group.
The Beaverton program started in 2013, a few months before Cummo retired as a police officer. Donations are used to pay for the banners, now numbering 150, that honor active-duty service members with direct ties to Beaverton. Banners are given to the families after one year.
Unlike the other banners, the one for Cummo bears his dates of service in the Army (1969-82) and Beaverton police (1994-2013). He was a nurse during the years between his military and police careers.
Cummo said he got the idea from a trip to Southern California, where several communities have similar banners.
Former colleagues conducted a ceremony Feb. 8 for Cummo, who was in failing health.
Police Chief Jim Monger offered this tribute:
"Officer Cummo was dedicated to our city, and our citizens, throughout his 19 years of service as a law enforcement officer with Beaverton. Officer Cummo showed his compassion for developing future generations by the active role he took in our field training program.
"Officer Cummo created our military service banner program because he knew the value of serving our country. It was our honor to dedicate a military service banner in Officer Cummo's name."