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Posted on: April 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Remembering Officer Chris Kilcullen - Husband. Father. Hero.

Today, April 22, 2019, we will be paying tribute to the life and service of Officer Christopher Kilcullen and you are invited to attend: 


At 11 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 coworkers. 


“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell 


Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen

Eugene Police 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. 

Officer 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. 


Officer 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. 

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