Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Jason Alan Hoerauf

Albany Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, September 4, 2001

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer Jason Alan Hoerauf

Even though Jason's life on this earth has ended, he continues to bless and inspire us as we read of his life and the love so many had for him. Jason lives forever through those who love him.

December 18, 2007

Hi Jason, the new memorial with the stones looks really nice. I still look at it every day as I drive by, and take a moment to think of you, Maria and now Kelly. You are truly missed and you and your family are always in my prayers.

Officer Joe Kaiser
Turner Police Department

September 26, 2007

I remember being a newly married young woman 6 yrs ago .. Jason was among officers responding to a 911 call at my house. The "noises" we heard wound up being nothing but I remember the guys "training" Jason. He was good natured. We talked a bit about how I wanted to be a cop too. I kept in touch about learning to be an officer. Jason was so optimistic and helpful to me. I was heartbroken when Jason was killed. I attended the funeral and vowed to one day be as brave as Jason.. Jason, I attended reserve police officers academy this year, and I plan to attend Wa state trooper academy next year. Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication. You stand relieved it is the end of your watch. I'll take it from here.

Staci Schneider
friend/police officer in training

October 2, 2006

You were a credit to the badge. Although it has been
5 years, time will never diminish your sacrifice. I can't
believe how little time the rascal served for killing 2
public servants. Glad I don't live in Oregon!
Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 5, 2006

It has been 5 years since you were taken from so many of us. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. The memory of your smile and laugh allow me to smile. The nights you got off of shift and came over to share your day with me are unforgettable. The late night laughs and your goofy sense of humor are what keeps you alive in me. I miss you Jason-

Autumn Jordan

September 4, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Police Officer Jason Alan Hoerauf and his fellow officers with the Albany Police Department:

On this the fifth annniversary of Jason's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Jason's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul. No doubt that Heaven has another hero in Jason, but I am so sorry you had to lose your beloved. May you all continue to be comforted by your faith and your law enforcement family and other police survivors.

I am so sorry that Jason was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Jason gave to his community and the citizens of Oregon, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on Setember 4, 2001.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

September 4, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this day. Even though it has been 5 years, I know the pain still is present in their hearts. Keep watch over them. You have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case as your loved ones think of you every day and the Blue Family will never let you be forgotten as you are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon, Father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

September 4, 2006

To the family of Officer Hoerauf-
Remembering and honoring the heroic sacrifice made by this Officer five years ago. May God continue to bless you and your young child.

Michelle Walker
Widow, CHP Lt. Michael Walker EOW 12-31-05

September 3, 2006

Jason- It has been nearly 5 years and I still find myself missing you so much.. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and thank you for watching me as I go on duty. You and I always had a strong connection and i still feel that connection today.. I miss you and your smile!!

Deputy Autumn Jordan (Engkilterra)
Marion County Sheriffs Office Friend

May 28, 2006

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 Bissonnete
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

A close call with similarities happened the other night. Just like my old friend Jason, I was assisting a disabled motorist on the side of the busy roadway. My fellow officer and I had just started leaving in our car (still on the shoulder) when we were hit from behind by a drunk driver. We are both going to be okay despite having to be cut out of the car. I feel so lucky and have been thinking of Jason. With only seven weeks to go until my baby is born, there were too many similarities.

Police Officer Tim Haywood
Eugene Police Dept., OR

June 11, 2005

Jason, even after 4 years I am still crying... It was the first day of the Police Academy, I could hardly wait to get started. I came into class proudly wearing my badge and uniform and I noticed that the seating arrangement was in alphabetical order. There was my seat, smack dab between you and Officer Isham. Thank you for being apart of my life and making every day that much brighter at the academy... I often look a picture of you and I together at the range (again they did it all alphabetical) and I see myself with a great Police Officer, a loving father and one of the best friends that anyone could have. You know that I resigned the day that you were killed? That very afternoon I had made the desicion to leave the department... I miss it so much. It saddens me that I wasn't able to wear my uniform and my badge to your memorial. I want to make you a deal, when I get out of the Air Force I will become a Police Officer again... As long as for every time that I put on that badge and uniform you watch over me... Just like at the academy? Thank you for touching my life and blessing me with your friendship. God bless you and your family, I know they miss you. Your Sister in Blue, Laura

SrA Laura Kety (AKA OFC Hoffman)
Now USAF... Then Forest Grove PD

June 10, 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

Jason, I miss you brother! You were a good friend in the academy. I enjoyed our friendship greatly. I say a prayer for your family every time I travel past that I-5 scene. Jason, I have a picture of you and I together at EVOC trainging, and a video of our graduation. I often look at them, and I am reminded of how precious life is. You are a hero and a brother warrior. Heaven surely was blessed when God welceomed you as another resident. May God bless your family always, and may He give them patience and comfort until they are re-united with you.
Jeremiah 29:11)

Officer Josh Young
North Bend, Oregon Police Department

September 2, 2004

Officer Hoerauf,

Rest in Peace Brother......


May 11, 2004

It has been two years since you lost your life in service to others. I find comfort in the knowledge that the good Lord is watching over your family left behind. May they always be blessed. Many have worked hard since your loss, and the loss of others under similar tragic circumstances, to lobby the State of Oregon for harsher penalties for those who commit such senseless acts. Finally, in January, 2004, we will see harsher sentences for them. I am so sorry for your loss, and pray you may now find some peace. I will see you in Heaven some day. May God bless you and keep you and yours close.

A fellow Officer
Lane County Parole & Probation

December 30, 2003

About 7yrs ago my sister had swerved to miss a dog in the road and put her car in the ditch. Jason came by (he was not an officer at the time) and stayed with her til my dad got there to help her out, Jason, Lisa and the rest of the family became friends after that. He was the most wonderful man I have ever known, I still feel that way. I always said that he was my sisters angel. It was about a year after his death I was passing by the spot that he got run down and I was thinking about him and the good times we all had. For some reason I looked in the sky and a shooting star streaked across the dark sky. I got the chills it was the most amazing thing that I have ever experienced. I felt that Jason was giving me a sign that everything was ok. Everyone loves and misses you Jason!


You were my friend. You still are my friend and you're still in my heart daily. I asked you on the day of your funeral to keep an eye on me I and I thank you for doing so. Everyday that I am on patrol I feel you keeping an eye on me. God I miss you. I miss your laughter and your smile. You were always so upbeat. During the police academy when the LT said 1 in 10 officers will die and that meant 4 out of our class, I never really thought that it would happen or even so soon. I never thought it would be you. I remember our talks about becoming fathers. I saw your daughter at the funeral, she is beautiful. She need only ask any one of us from the academy or even anyone who knew you to tell her what a great guy you were. Farewell my friend.

Officer Mike Leake
Lincoln City PD

I remember those long months in the Police Acadamy with you. You were a good friend and fellow officer. I am glad I was able to get to know you in those long days of training. You had a large heart for people and you cared. You are one of a kind person and you are missed. Going to your memorial was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Your memory keeps me safe out there on the street. God bless your family and daughter.

Deputy Jeff Norton
Lane County Sheriffs Office

Jason, I will miss you so much. You were so happy to be in on overtime. Little did I know that when you got off of OT that would ride with Oregon State Police just to get more experience. You always put in more than you needed to to be a better cop. I know you've got my back. You will be missed. As I watch Morgan grow she is so much a part of you. She has no hair, just like you. I remember the look on your face when you found out you were going to be a daddy. Morgan will know what a great person and officer you were in your short amount of time on earth. GOD SPEED-BROTHER.

Officer Jenn Williams
Albany Police Department

Jason was a kind, loving and happy man. He never allowed anyone to see his pain but was so able to help others with theirs. Jason and I knew each other since 1994.I will never forget the many years Jason and I spent together. Jason will never be forgotten and will always remain in my heart. God Bless Bob and Diane, Scott,Kristy and the boys and his beautiful little girl, Morgan. Your daddy was a wonderful man and his memories will be passed on to you through pictures and stories.

C/O Autumn Engkilterra
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

I never had the privilage to know Jason as a police officer. The Jason I knew was the Highschool athelete, the tenor in choir. I was there to witness the smile on his face his graduation day when his parents gave him the keys to his "dream car". I wish you all could have the memories that I do, 2 years of wonderful times that were meant just for him and I. Now that he is gone they belong only to me. He passed away on the night of my sons 5th birthday. Every year my son will grow and I will think of Jasons passing and remember all the remarkable things that made him who he was. I don't have fond police memories of Jason, but what I do have is memories of a Highschool boy who wore the levi's with the hole in the knee, the boy who sang slightly off key in my ear at choir practice, the boy who made funny sounds at me when I was mad until I busted out laughing. I wish you all had these things in your head like I do. But you can't so I will hold onto them until I see him in heaven. He was the kind of young man every parent would want for their young daughter. I was always crazy about him, I always be. I think of him everyday and smile. I'm so happy for all of you who knew him but sorry if you didn't have the joy of knowing the young man before the police officer. He was one of a kind and I will miss him.


a wife's broken Heart .
a childs broken Heart .
all this because Jasons Heart was to big.
if only there were more of you...........

V.T.Lindrea & Family

Vance Lindrea

Even though some have described your having been "off-duty" the evening that you were taken away, you were right there in it, trying to help others as I'm sure you always were. It serves as a reminder that police officers are never truly "off-duty," as you've proven, by your being there for those who needed you no matter the time or place. You'll be deeply missed.

Officer Michael Weinstein
Portland Police Bureau

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.