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The St. Helens Police Association (SHPA) is more than an organization. It’s a brotherhood.
On Tuesday, January 11, SHPA announced on Facebook the closure of Oregon State Police (OSP) Private John Jeffries’ account after raising over $13,000 in donations to support Jeffries and his family.
“We would like to say how proud we are of this community,” they wrote in a message to donors. “You have truly been and continue to be amazing. You have shown such great support for law enforcement in our community and it is more evident now, more than ever, that you support and care for our law enforcement. ‘order.”
Despite the end of donations, SHPA President Dylan Gaston spoke of the association’s commitment to supporting Jeffries in the future.
“We will continue to support Cavalier Jeffries and his family in any way we can as he continues his recovery,” Gaston said.
On Thursday, November 11, OSP soldiers were involved in a police incident involving a fleeing suspect on Highway 30 at mile post 31 north of St. Helens.
Longview suspect John Thralls rammed his car into an OSP patrol vehicle, indirectly hitting Jeffries, who was outside to help OSP Trooper Christopher Cowen deploy spike bands in an attempt to stop the vehicle of the suspect.
Jeffries suffered a life-threatening head injury and paramedics transported him to Emanuel Hospital in Portland in critical condition.
Thralls was taken into custody and booked, arraigned and charged to the Columbia County Jail.
As of Tuesday, March 8, Thralls remains in the Columbia County Jail on $5 million bail and faces three charges of attempted murder, one assault I charge, and one flight or attempted flight charge. escape of one or more police officers in a vehicle. .
A pre-trial in the John Thralls case is scheduled for March 16 at Columbia County Circuit Court. The Chronicle will follow developments in the Thralls case in future articles.
According to the affidavit of Sheriff Brian Pixley of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Jeffries notified Cowen of the suspect’s vehicle arrival. Dashcam footage shows Cowen and Jeffries running behind Cowen’s OSP patrol car for cover. The defendants’ vehicle then struck Cavalier Cowen’s patrol car “at high speed”, causing the car to roll back “at least 20 feet” and Jeffries “tossed through the air”.
In an interview after the incident with Hillsboro Police Detective Pat LaMonica, Cowen credited Jeffries with saving his life.
“In the days following the incident, the association began thinking about how we could help Private Jeffries and his family,” Gaston said. “We concluded that it would be more beneficial to fundraise and let the family use it as they see fit. Officer Bryan Cutright deserves a lot of credit, he spearheaded the project and opened a bank account specifically for collecting donations for Private Jeffries.”
According to Gaston, the social media post got a lot of attention in a short time.
“As soon as people saw our post on Facebook and learned that we were fundraising, people asked how and where they could donate,” he explained. “I don’t have an exact figure on how many people donated, as some donations were anonymous. That being said, it was so encouraging to see how many people were eager to help.”
The Chronicle asked OSP for an update on Jeffries’ condition. We received this response.
“The family has asked OSP not (to) discuss the medical condition/status of Private Jeffries at this time.”
OSP issued a press release on Nov. 17 with instructions to send best wishes to Jeffries and his family.
“Police officers share a bond that is hard to describe,” Gaston said. “We know that every day at work, something tragic can happen to any of us,” adding, “We really consider ourselves family.”
If you would like to send your best wishes to the Jeffries family, please do so by email to [email protected] or by mail to the Oregon State Police, Attention Trooper John Jeffries, 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem, Or. 97317.