Police said Officer Malcus Williams suffered a "major medical event" while responding to a domestic call
Duty Death: Malcus Williams - [Ashland, Oregon]
End of Service: 03/02/2018
By Nick Morgan
Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.
ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland police
officer on the force for more than two decades died Friday from a
medical episode suffered while on duty.
Officer Malcus Williams,
who spent more than 21 years on the force, suffered a "major medical
event" while responding to a domestic call Friday evening, according to
Ashland police Chief Tighe O'Meara.
At about 7:25 p.m. Friday, Williams went into medical distress as
soon as he arrived at a call in the 2000 block of Grizzly Drive,
according to O'Meara. He collapsed near the door of the home, O'Meara
Two other officers immediately rendered aid to Williams
while Ashland Fire and Rescue paramedics rushed to the area. A third
officer handled the dispute that brought about the call, according to
Paramedics rushed Williams to Providence Medford Medical
Center, but efforts to resuscitate him were not successful. Williams was
pronounced dead at about 9 p.m.
Williams began his law
enforcement career with the Ashland Police Department Dec. 9, 1996, and
spent most of his career working as a patrol officer, though he'd worked
as an acting police sergeant over the years.
Williams was popular in the community and with partner agencies,
volunteered at middle and high schools and had the "perfect disposition
to be a police officer."
"He made people feel calm and respected," O'Meara said.
Medford police honored Williams on its Facebook page Saturday.
"Officer Williams served the Ashland community with kindness and honor for 21 years," the post said.
Central Point police recognized Williams' volunteer efforts participating in DARE Days at Central Point schools.
Williams was a kind and generous person who served the community for
more than 21 years," said the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in a
Facebook post. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends,
and the Ashland community."
Williams' involvement with youth went back at least a decade.
April 2007, when kids staged a "sit-in" at the Ashland children's
library reacting to Jackson County library closures, Williams was the
duty officer who escorted the children out of the building — but only
after reading them "Leonardo the Terrible Monster" first. The following
October, when the Ashland library reopened, Williams led the group of
children back inside.
Williams leaves behind a wife, Ona, three
daughters, Savannah, Georgia and Brooklyn, and two sisters, Cindy and
Amy. Amy Williams works as an Ashland police records specialist.
"We want to be there for his family more than anything, but it's a loss all the way around," O'Meara said.
services and funeral arrangements are pending. The Ashland Police
Department endorsed donations to the nonprofit Oregon Fallen Badge
Foundation as means of contributing to the family. See www.oregonfallenbadge.com.