Click on the date to find more information about each special recognition.
National Night Out: August 7, 2018
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign held on the first Tuesday in August which promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Oregon Fallen Firefighters Memorial: September 20, 2018
Every September, the Oregon Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony recognizes all of the Oregon Firefighters who have died in the Line-of-Duty. The memorial is located in Salem, Oregon at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. As of 2017, 168 Line-of-Duty-Deaths have been approved for the memorial wall from as far back as 1881. The submissions include every aspect of the fire service including career, volunteer, wildland, and structural firefighters; chief officers, company officers, engineers and firefighters. The construction of the memorial was completed and dedicated on September 9, 2006. The Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard has volunteered to serve as the conduit for the annual memorial ceremony that is held on the third Thursday of September.
Oregon First Responder Appreciation Day: September 27, 2018
In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2182, a measure that designates Sept. 27 as a day set aside each year to remember and appreciate our First Responders.
Oregon First Responder Appreciation Week: September 24-30, 2018
In 2017, Gov. Kate Brown declared an Oregon First Responder Appreciation Week through a formal proclamation for the week in which Oregon First Responder Appreciation Day fell. 2017 was the second year for such a proclamation.
National Fire Prevention Month: October 1-31, 2018
October is National Fire Prevention Month, a time when we should all be aware of ways to help learn fire safety and prevention. Many Americans underestimate their risk for fire, and many either lack emergency response plans – or fail to practice them with fire drills.
National Coffee With a Cop Day: October 3, 2018
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. This special day is always the Wednesday of October.
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend: October 6-7, 2018
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service: October 7, 2018
On the first Sunday of October each year, our fallen Firefighters are honored at a National Memorial. On October 8, 2017 95 fallen Firefighters were honored. The U.S. Fire Service paid tribute to the lives of 75 Firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2016 and 20 Firefighters who died in previous years during the 36th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 14-20, 2018
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is conducted annually during the third week of October in the United States to remind teens about the risks of the road and to think twice before driving distracted. Motor vehicle crashes remain the primary cause of death for adolescents. Teen drivers (ages 16 to 19) are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers (ages 25 to 69). Each year, more than 5,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle crashes. Research shows that drivers under the age of 25 are two-to-three times more likely than older drivers to send text messages or emails while driving. In 2010, 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the crash.
The Great Shakeout: October 18, 2018
International ShakeOut Day is the 3rd Thursday in Oct at __ min after 10:00am where __ is the date (eg: 10/19/17, at 10:19am), everyone, everywhere should practice earthquake safety. Millions of people in schools, organizations, and homes participate. At 10:19 a.m. on Oct. 19, you should “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during the “quake,” then evacuate the building and report to an Emergency Assembly Area.
National Move Over Day: October 20, 2018
“Move over America” is the national effort to make drivers aware of “Move Over” laws which require motorists to “Move Over” and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides. Equally important is the action of creating attention in those states where there is no such law at present.
Clackamas County Shop with a Cop: December 8, 2018
The concept behind the Shop with a Cop program is to locate kids whose families have had some enforcement contact with police, or required assistance for a variety of reasons. Sometimes this may involve an adult family member or older sibling who may have been arrested. The trauma of seeing a family member arrested can cause many young kids to have some very negative feelings towards police, as they rarely hear the whole story, objectively, from those involved. Shop with a Cop is an attempt to identify those kids and pair them up with a police officer in a positive situation, such as shopping for Christmas presents. Kids are selected by school counselors and school resource officers.
Peace Officers Memorial Day: May 15, 2019
Police Week: May 12-18, 2019
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Washington State Fallen Firefighters Memorial: June 5, 2019
In 1985, the Washington State Firefighters’ Association established Washington’s Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Service. A bronzed Maltese cross affixed to a granite cairn denotes the Washington State’s Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial that is located at the Fire Training Academy in North Bend, Washington.
Over the years, the Firefighters’ Association and other prominent state fire service organizations have joined together to annually recognize firefighters who have died in the line of duty giving unselfish service to their communities and Washington State.