Whitney M. Woodworth
June 10, 2016
The death of a World War II veteran inspired two Salem police officers to find a new way to honor the memories and service of people who served the country.
Several ceremonially folded American flags are now stocked in all Salem police fleet supervisor vehicles and will remain on-hand to be presented to the families of deceased veterans, Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada said.
Members of Salem Police Department fold American flags on Friday, June 3, 2016.(Photo: Salem Police Department)
A death investigation call sparked the idea. Oregon law requires police to respond to any unattended deaths, and the investigation indicated the man involved died from natural causes.
Salem Police Officer Chad Galusha, an Army veteran, and his colleague Officer Adam Waite, also a combat veteran, discovered during the course of the investigation that the deceased man served in World War II.
Galusha said Waite went out of his way to find an American flag to honor the man during his final transport.
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