Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Trooper Maria Mignano

Oregon State Police, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, September 4, 2001

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Reflections for Senior Trooper Maria Mignano

It seems impossible that four years has passed so quickly. We saw the flowers at the site on the 4th. You and Jason are missed by so many. You are in our thoughts daily, as well as your family. J&C

September 7, 2005

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, September 4, 2005 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Police Officer Jason Alan Hoerauf and Senior Trooper Maria Mignano who died in the line of duty on this date four years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Hoerauf's and Trooper Mignano's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

September 4, 2005

September 1, 2004 I rejoined the job I love most, working as a Police Officer. I live in Eugene, and commute to work every day to Turner, and each day and night I drive pass the place where Jason and Maria’s life tragically ended September 2001. Each day as I go by I say a word of thanks for your ultimate sacrifice and asked God to watch over the rest of us while we continue to do or job’s the best we can, and to keep us safe from harms way. Each day I am reminded to always keep a vigilant eye open around me for the unexpected. One day while I was driving by I saw what I thought was a ghost taking care of the memorial along I-5. I took the next off ramp and returned to the location to learn Maria has a twin sister (At least I hope she does, or I was seeing a ghost). I told her I will never forget the two of you, and that you will always be in our hearts. God bless you and you families.

Police Officer Joe Kaiser
Turner Police Department, Or.

August 11, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers go out to This Officer, as well as the Family, Friends, Department and Community.

This is a loss that will never be forgotten. Hours will turn into days, days turn into weeks, weeks into months and months into years but, the difference that these officers have made will last forever.

We lost Our Deputy Morris Taylor on September 14, 2002. When he joined the other Angels in Blue.

God Bless Our Law Enforcement Officers and Those Who Love Them.

Jack & Tracy Van Dolah
Former LEO/U.S.M.C. & Wife in Sutherlin, Oregon

May 22, 2005

Maria I remember and Love you.

Senior Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

September 11, 2004

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State Police we extend our condolences to the members of the Oregon State Police and the family and friends of Senior Trooper Maria Mignano. It is in her memory that we continue on.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

September 4, 2004

Maria - It is hard to imagine that you were taken from us so long ago. Knowing your strong faith, I feel assured you are sitting at the right hand of God and rejoicing in His love. We anticipate joining you in His kingdom - until then we continue to remember your kindness and your beautiful smile. J&C

August 3, 2004

Trooper Mignano,

Rest in Peace Sister,,,you will never be forgotten.


May 11, 2004

Jan. 17, 2004

It's been over two years and I still can't find words. My heart goes out to all who suffer this way.

To the people who've left reflections, I express my sincerest thanks. It is the comfort from friends like you and the Lord's faithfulness that help our family thru each day. We are so grateful for the kind words and compassion you have expressed for our brave sister. It truly helps to know how much you loved her.

I always knew police officers were special people, but I've come to appreciate and respect you all so much more through this tragic event.

I believe with all my being that Maria is more alive now than ever before, and she waits with joyful expectation for our own "homecoming". But I miss her here more than words can tell.

Maria, you did it "right". You are among the cloud of witnesses now (Heb. 12:1), encouraging us on as we finish our own race. I envision you praying for us, just as Jesus intercedes as He sits at the right hand of the Father. Thank you, Lord, for the "blessed assurance" that we will be re-united, never to be separated again.

Lord, may your blessing, grace and protection cover all officers and their families as they serve you by serving others.

Theresa, twin to Maria

January 17, 2004

It's hard to believe that it has now been two years since you were taken from us. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't stop and think about you, Jason, and John. The way you lived while you were with us this short time on earth is a testament to your faith and a faith all of us should be seeking. I have no doubt that you are patrolling the streets of heaven - with your ever present smile and welcoming heart. You are missed here, but I know that when my time comes, you will be there to greet me.


September 22, 2003

June 16, 2003 - Maria, I still miss you. Time means nothing when thinking of you. You will always be remembered. I still vividly remember the first time you rode with me before you joined the Oregon State Police. You were excited and anxious to start your career. You stayed enthused and dedicated until that fateful day that you were taken from us. I know the person that you were and know that the Lord welcomes you with a tender smile and open arms.

SR. Trooper Keith Miller
Oregon State Police

March 19, 2003
We bombed Iraq tonite, but it seems like we are at war here at home...
a war for justice and righteousness. How sad this dear officer was taken
in the battle. She has paid the supreme sacrifice and she will be fondly
remembered. God grant comfort, strength and peace to all those who
still mourn the huge void she left behind. Thank you for your wonderful
example and your selfless sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Washington State


I worked with Maria and will miss her so much. Never was there anyone better then she, Both working and not. God Bless her as she is continuing her watch in heven.

Officer Wayne D Stanley
Salem Hospital

And the LORD said "Well done my good and faithful servant, come and enter into the joys of the LORD..." GOD BLESS and thank you for your service.

Res. Ofc. Russell E. Baley
Oregon City Police

I was lucky enough to meet Maria, not too long before she was taken from us, and in the too short time we talked, I found her to be a very friendly, and easy to talk with person, as well as a hell of a police officer.

To remember that the jerk that killed her was sentenced to only TWO DAYS in jail is outragous !!

I'll always remember Maria, and just wanted to belatedly pass on my best wishes to her brother & sister officers, and all her friends and family.

Keep your heads up you people in blue, belive it or not there are those of us who appriciate you !!

Maria, you where my friend and my fellow trooper. I am honored to have known you and worked with you. Although I try hard to forget the last time I saw you, please know that I think of you often. I remember the times I spent with you and that brings a smile to me and helps overcome the loss I still feel. You are still a part of our lives!

Det. Steve Duvall
Oregon State Police


Thank you for taking the time to help me when I needed it. Your generosity and kindness were your trademarks, and we will miss you terribly. God Speed.

Deputy Tyler Chapman
Marion County Sheriff's Office (Oregon)

We all mourn your loss and hope that you may find peace. Along with your family and friends, your entire law enforcement family misses you and will always remember that the world was a better place for your having been in it.

Officer Michael Weinstein
Portland Police Bureau

Maria, We are sorry you had to be taken from us so soon. Thank You for being apart of my life and my family, from the fight nights at the house to the poker blowouts, to my wedding. We all hurt with you missing but we smile because you were here to touch our lives. Godspeed Maria, and keep those angels in shape up there.



You will be missed by all of us. May you continue your beautiful dance in Heaven.

Judy Hayes
Oregon State Police

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, fellow officers and the citizens of Oregon.

Patrol Officer, Tom Furrer
Lacey Police Department, Washington State

The Family, Friends and Colleagues of Trooper Mignano,

This accident touches my heart in a very deep way. My heart and prayers go out to you. I lost my sister, Trooper Jessica J. Cheney of the Virginia State Police on January 17, 1998 as she was directing traffic and then struck by a vehicle also. Nothing can be said to make your pain go away but please know that many are thinking of you and recognize the hard work Trooper Mignano performed as an Oregon State Trooper.

When we laid my sister to rest, I remember looking up and there stood to female Oregon state troopers honoring my sister. Please know I honor Trooper Mignano in my heart as I know Jessica would have.

C. Romaine Cheney
Sibling Survivor

C. Romaine Cheney

My deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Mignano. The International Association of Women Police salutes Trooper Mignano for the job she did for her state and our country. Though I never met her, I am sure I know the reasons that she put on her uniform everyday and went to work. The thin blue line is a little thinner with her loss but now she'll walk her beat on heaven's streets. Godspeed, Maria.

Officer Donna C. Hillier
Purdue University Calumet Police Department - Hammond, IN

To the family,friends, and the state of Oregon, my heart goes out to you. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Trooper Mignano, God's speed to you my sister in blue...may you never be forgotten

Ofcr. Susan Harmison
Tampa PD Tampa, FL

Maria was a wonderful, compassionate officer who really loved her job and God. Whenever I saw her she always had a big smile.

Trooper Gaye McCabe
Oregon State Police

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