On Tuesday, the Oregon Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor held an emergency meeting to consider a recommendation to award the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice to fallen Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Allen Libke. The Commission voted unanimously to award this special honor.
Robert Allen Libke, 41, was sworn-in as an Oregon City PD Reserve Police Officer on March 3, 2010. Shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 a fire was reported at 841 Linn Avenue in Oregon City. During the initial dispatch, a report was broadcast of an armed male at the fire scene. Oregon City Police and Clackamas Fire District #1 crews were dispatched—with the police sent to deal with the reported armed individual. The first responding unit was a two-man unit with one regular and one reserve Oregon City Police officer. Reserve Officer Libke was reportedly confronted by the suspect—at which time the suspect shot Officer Libke. He died the next day at a Portland-area hospital from the wound he sustained in the shooting.
The Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor was created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly through the passage of Oregon Revised Statute 176.262. The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice that was created in law, at the request of a various statewide law enforcement organizations, through the passage of Senate Bill 976 and became effective on January 1, 2012.
The Commission meets at least once every six months to consider candidates for nomination for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice, and nominate candidates for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.