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Families of First Responders first meeting of 2012!!

Happy New Year! I hope your all doing well. Our first gathering for January will be on the 24th, Thursday night. I thought it would be fun to dig through our closets or households and bring one thing you would like to trade. It can be anything from a candle to clothing, to other house items. It does not need to be new. I will hold this gathering at my home 19289 Gentry Highlands Ln at 630 pm. I will have light snacks and drinks. Please RSVP it helps to plan for snacks. I can’t wait to ring in the new year with you all. Please let me know if you would like to be more apart of the Families of First Responders, I am always looking for more support. Our goal for the year 2013 is to slowing start to establish a non-profit organization. This will require a board with a Director/President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer and possibly another volunteer position such as helping more with Family Services. I am very excited to see what 2013 holds for us as we continue to grow. I appreciate everyone’s ideas and hope you would share them with me so we can be constantly improving. Sarah Ashby has taken over the Facebook site this is a huge project in and of itself. I still need help developing the a pamphlet etc that goes over our vision,goals, who we are, and what we do etc. This could use some design talent if you know what I mean, which I am not. I hope to see you all here on the 24th.

Amy Kyser
Coordinator Families of First Responders

Clackamas Town Center Victim Fund

The Clackamas County Peace Officers’ Benevolent Foundation has established the CTC Victim Fund for the families directly impacted by the tragic shooting that occurred on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Clackamas Town Center.  Donations are welcomed.

The money raised will be used to assist the families of the man and woman who were slain and the young woman who was wounded.

The CTC Victim Fund has been set up at Clackamas Federal Credit Union, who have already made a generous donation of $1,200.

Donations can be made by mailing a check to:

CCPOBF, PO Box 426, Oregon City, OR 97045

Be sure to make the check out to CCPOBF and put CTC Victim Fund in the memo line.

Donations can also be made in person at any branch of Clackamas Federal Credit Union.  Locations can be found by clicking on this link

When making a donation at the bank, please let the teller know that the donation is for the CTC Victim Fund, which is under the Clackamas County Peace Officers’ Benevolent Foundation.

The CCPOBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit foundation.  100% of the funds raised will be put towards the purpose outlined above.

We thank the Clackamas Federal Credit Union and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Sergeant Adam Phillips, for their help.


SHOP WITH A COP WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 0700-noon

WHERE: Walmart, 10000 SE 82nd Avenue

RSVP: Erin Brisben at

There are over 120 children waiting for the opportunity to go shopping on Saturday, December 15 at 7am at Walmart!!

Kids will be coming from Canby, Molalla, Estacada, West Linn, Wilsonville, Sandy and North Clackamas School District (mostly from the Overland Park area).

This is a wonderful opportunity to share some quality time with at-risk kiddies in our community. Sworn and retired sworn employees are eligible to shop with these kiddos, but we also need lots of other employees and family members to help wrap presents and hand out goodies.

Wear a duty uniform to Shop with a young person, or if you are in plain clothes you can wear a raid jacket and belt badge.

Please let Erin Brisben know as soon as possible. If you are a CCSO employee, this event qualifies for Community Service hours!

UPDATE on Kaleb

Kaleb is doing well!  He is out of ICU and will be getting some tests for the next 2 weeks, then another 6 weeks of chemo.  Amber will be staying there with him for now.  John is back up in Oregon and plans to take a car down there to use.  They are renting a place to stay for the two months they will have to stay down there.  Some places, such as the Ronald McDonald house, have communal use areas and Kaleb can’t be exposed to multiple folks for some time.  They all hope to be home in 8 weeks or so.

John and Amber and their families all thank every one of you for the prayers and thoughts you’ve sent their way.

We are all wishing the Christensen’s a memorable Thanksgiving and hope they and all their family keep their spirits up!


Law Enforcement Military Members Deployed Overseas

A quick check with several law enforcement agencies in Clackamas County seem to indicate that there are no folks currently in the Reserves or National Guard that are deployed overseas.  If any of the police agencies in Clackamas County have people in that status, please contact Mark Koberstein, President, Clackamas County Peace Officers’ Benevolent Foundation at (503) 744-0712 or  The deadline for Christmas Care Packages is getting close!

Families of First Responders

The Families of First Responders in Clackamas County is moving forward!  The director is Amy Kyser and can be reached through the Benevolent Foundation contact information.  Coming soon will be additional information about this great program, by clicking on Programs on the Home page.

The Families of First Responders is having a Christmas Event on December 9th in Oregon City.  More information about this event will be posted soon.

If you would like to make a donation to Families of First Responders, you can mail a check to the CCPOBF, PO Box 426, Oregon City, OR 97045.  Please make the check out to the CCPOBF and put First Responders on the memo line.  All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be sent to you promptly.


Alex is doing better!

From Heidi on 11/08/12:

Yesterday marked 3 months since Alex was injured in Afghanistan.  He was up in his wheelchair twice yesterday for over an hour each time and got to sit outside on both occasions.  He’s getting better control of his head and is moving his arms and legs a little more each day, so awesome such a great hurdle for him.  His extensive skin grafts are all healing well and the donor sites are also healing well.  Every day is another inch forward.  Again many thanks for your faithful prayers and support!!!

Alex is moving on his own a little bit each day. Unfortunately the coma is lingering a bit but is mostly a fog for him.


– And thank you all for the donations that have helped keep Alex’s family close!  MEK.

Kaleb is having a set back.

From John Christensen 10/25/12:

We had a set back yesterday when we learned Kaleb’s body is rejecting the new liver and he is back in ICU. He started on some counter rejection medications last night and we will have more tests today. Amber and I want to thank everyone for your well wishes, prayers, and donations that have been made.

Update on Alex Hussey!

Update from Heidi, Alex’s aunt on 10/23/12:

Alex is now in Palo Alto, California and they have completed skin grafts for both legs and his left forearm and right hand and there are no problems with them they are advancing well. My sister, Caree, and Alex’s fiance’, Kim, are working every day with Alex on his therapy and he is starting to be able to move a bit on his own, meaning his body is responding to the therapy and relearning. What a praise! 

The doctors said since Alex has been responding but not able to completely come out of his coma they started him in a program called “Emerging Consciousness.”  This is a 45 day program to slowing bring him completely out of the coma, as he has been unable to do himself. They have seen bits of alex behind his glazed eyes and are pretty positive he will come out of this. He’s a fighter that is for sure!

They have capped his trach and have been weening him off of it, being careful he doesn’t have too many secretions. Alex has had a strong cough and the doctors are glad Alex has been coughing up most of the gunk by himself, keeping him from developing pneumonia. He is doing well but its definitely slow moving, but as long as there is progression he will recovery fully. The doctors are hopeful and so is the whole family.

Please see earlier articles for information on how to make a donation.  Alex’s recovery will be a long one, with family striving to be with him as much as possible.  The costs for travel, food and lodging could use your help!  Thank you!

Belated Information about Alex Hussey

Once again, thank you to everyone who has been helping Alex and his family during his recovery from his wounds.  See the article below on the News Page for the previous story.

We apologize for not getting this information up on the website sooner.  I hope to get more from Heidi soon.

Heidi Johnson, Alex’s aunt, reported on 9/19/12:

I wanted to let all you know that Alex is doing really awesome. The doctors have gotten the infections cleared up enough they are starting to close up the open the open wounds and working on the skin graphs on his knees and left hand. A lot of the minor wounds have healed and his face is not disfigured. The only tube that is left is the tracheotomy, so this prohibits him from talking. My sister is his Power of Attorney and will have to stay with Alex until he is able to make decisions on his own. Alex is now communicating with blinking his eyes and he is well aware of who is around him and conversations. Alex is getting stronger every day and he is drawing strength from all of the well wishes and prayers. Not bad for such a tragedy just over a month ago.

President Obama went and saw Alex yesterday and presented him with a Presidential Challenge coin and thanked him for his service to this country.  Alex was presented with a purple heart a few weeks ago.

Thank you so much for your support it has meant everything to my family and most of all Alex.

And Heidi sent this note on 9/24/12:

Alex’s platoon has been visiting him this past week and he is mostly sleeping but is aware of his surroundings and the people who are there. The PIC line was replaced with a standard IV. The Wound Vacs are really not pulling any fluid, so they are removing those. They are working to weaning him off the Trach tube, and hope to have it removed soon.

He is able to rest peacefully which is what needs to happen. Alex is looking good and the starts his skin grafting on his legs Monday. The docs say if the grafting looks good then 5-10 days after he can be moved to a poly trauma center in California for further rehab, which will be awesome for our family. The doctors are optimistic about Alex’s recovery, he will have a long way to go, but has done amazing so far. He is going to make it through this just fine. 

My sister and Alex’s fiance’ said he is looking better each day and getting stronger. 

Donations to help off-set the families costs are needed and very welcome.  Donations can be made by either mail or at any branch of the Clackamas Federal Credit Union.  Please make your donations to the CCPOBF and put Alex Hussey Fund in the memo line; mail to PO Box 426, Oregon City, OR 97045.  Your donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be sent to you promptly.





Thank you so much for your support it has meant everything to my family and most of all Alex.