NESPELEM - The Colville Confederated Tribes hosted a Fallen Officers Memorial Ceremony and Ride, Wednesday, recognizing Colville Tribal Police Officer Louis A. Millard, CTPD officer Roy Richard Bradshaw and Omak Police Officer Michael W. Marshall along with other fallen officers from across the country.
“This is an opportunity for our reservation to wrap our arms around the families of these champions,” said Colville Business Council Law and Justice Committee chair Richard Swan, speaking at the ceremony. “These men chose to run toward danger and not away from it. They gave their lives so others would live … Their fearlessness and grit remind all of us what it takes to stand in the line of duty.”
Ten riders rode from Owhi Flats to Nespelem on Cache Creek Road, stopping to lay wreaths near where Bradshaw was killed on August 27, 1973 and then again where Millard was killed on August 27, 1986.
Both incidents involved mental health issues, said former CTPD officer Jim Smith, who further stated the man who killed Millard was “an undiagnosed schizophrenic.”
“In my mind, this should have never happened,” said Smith, speaking about mental health issues related to the Millard killing. “[The man who killed Millard] was 60 some years old. He was a World War II vet. He was a sniper, so he had special training. When they came at him at night, he had the advantage. His place, his home. He had guns. Even though you think you know somebody, sometimes you don’t know the pertinent things. I like to tell that story because not a lot of people know the whole thing about what happened. A man’s life could have been saved if we could have gotten it taken care of.”
Omak Police Officer Michael W. Marshall was killed on March 26, 1986.
“Always be cautious, be aware. Be mindful of your whole situation,” said Linda Desautel, Bradshaw’s daughter, speaking to officers gathered. “Come home every night.”
During the ceremony, CTPD read the names of the 42 police officers and 5 police canines lost to date in 2019.
In Washington, those loses include Deputy Sheriff Justin Richard DeRosier of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, who died April 14, and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Shane Thompson of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, who died March 19.Both deaths were caused bygunfire.
Along with Swan, CBC members Darnell Sam and Susie Allen attended the ceremony.
John Grosvenor provided an opening and closing prayer during the ceremony.