Oregon House Bill 4120, to fund college for children of reserve officers and volunteer firefighters who are killed in the line of duty, passed easily Thursday morning.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Passing of 'The Officer Robert Libke Scholarship Act' is celebrated by his widow Wendy Libke (center), Oregon City Chief of Police Jim Band, along with sponsor State Reps. Bill Kennemer (from left), Alissa Keny-Guyer and Brent Barton.Dubbed “The Officer Robert Libke Scholarship Act,” after the Oregon City reserve police officer killed in the line of duty last November, its chief sponsors were State Reps. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) and Bill Kennemer (R-Canby). It was co-sponsored by more than 70 members of the Oregon House and Senate from both political parties.

“This very basic bill will ensure that the children of our brave reserve officers and sheriff’s deputies and volunteer firefighters will be assured of a college education despite the loss of a parent in a tragic death,” Kennemer said.

Reserves and volunteers had been previously excluded from Oregon’s deceased or disabled public-safety officer grant program.

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