First, I want to thank the entire community for its overwhelming support of our department and our officers. I have come to the conclusion that the words “thank you” don’t begin to accurately convey our gratitude. Our hearts, prayers, and support are with Officer Rob Libke’s wife and family as they are dealing with this tremendous loss. I also want to thank every one of my officers and our public safety partners who responded on Nov. 3, 2013. You have my thanks and support for your professionalism during an unimaginable crisis.

During such incidents, officers are required to make split-second decisions that have tremendous implications. Such things have life-changing ramifications for people involved in every aspect of this case.

A recent FBI study counted 15 officer deaths by ambush in each year of 2011, 2010 and 2009. The study said that ambush situations were the biggest category of circumstance behind 543 officers feloniously killed between 2002 and 2011 (23 percent). During deadly-force encounters, officers are trained to balance the needs of saving injured people or first responders while ensuring no one else is killed in the process.

I believe the responding officers took responsible actions under extremely dangerous circumstances to prevent further loss of life to other first responders and citizens in our community. They have my unwavering gratitude and support. I am confident that the investigation, once complete, will provide the public with the accurate information they need to help them understand what occurred during this chaotic situation.

Chief James Band

Oregon City

Rob loved his community

Our family would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the unbelievable acts of kindness and sacrifice by Rob’s fellow officers, our friends, and many people who we may never meet in person to thank. The community, Oregon City Police Department and their families, and many other departments are unselfishly giving their time and placing their lives on hold to help us get through this horrible time.

Rob loved putting on the uniform and helping the police department serve their community. He will always be remembered in our hearts and minds as a dedicated husband and beautiful family man. We will miss him deeply.

Libke family

Oregon City

Lasting honor needed

The past several days have been difficult ones for the citizens of Oregon City. Her defenders, and those who knew or had a chance to meet Officer Robert Libke.

He was a shining example of all that is right in a man and our great city. As such I feel that he deserves a lasting tribute. I humbly suggest that the city seriously consider that from this day forward Nov. 4 should be known as Robert Libke Day. Used as a day to help others and give back in the way Office Libke strove to do everyday of his life.

But our honor of this man should not stop there. The city should seriously consider renaming one the city’s iconic streets such as Main Street or Mollala Avenue. Or naming City Hall or Oregon City’s Police Station in Officer Libke’s honor.

Robert Vitale

Oregon City

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