April 22, 2019, we will be paying tribute to the life and service of Officer Christopher Kilcullen
and you are invited to attend:
a.m., the Eugene Police Benevolent Association Board is hosting a remembrance to honor Officer
Chris Kilcullen who was killed in the line of duty on April 22nd,
2011. The Board will be placing a wreath in his honor at the base of the tree
that was planted last year on the corner of I-105 & 52nd. No
words can describe how deeply Chris is missed by his family, friends and
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to
something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell
Police Officer Chris Kilcullen
Officer Chris Kilcullen, age 43, was fatally shot at approximately 4:30 p.m.
during a traffic stop on I-105 and 52nd Street in Springfield, Oregon on
Friday, April 22, 2011. The suspect was later apprehended. Officer Kilcullen,
age 43, left behind a wife and two children.
Officer Kilcullen was a 12-year
veteran of the Eugene Police Department (1998-
2011). He was a graduate of the University of Oregon where he received a
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology in 1994. At the time of
his death, Kilcullen was a member of a Special Operations Section - Traffic
Enforcement Unit. He had also served in the Rapid Deployment Unit, Crisis
Negotiations Team, and Crisis Intervention Team. As a member of the Eugene
Police Department, he received more than 85 commendations for his professional
demeanor and positive interactions with the community. He held Advanced Police
Certification from Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
Kilcullen was honored by the community during a public tribute at Matthew
Knight Arena, and in the naming of a section of eastbound Highway 126, now the
Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway.
Kilcullen was noted for saving many lives both on and off the road throughout
his career. His courageously compassionate service, combined with his
professionalism epitomized values the department strives for and the community
seeks. Officer Kilcullen regardless of whether it was in his professional life
or personal life, consistently engaged people from all walks of life.