RAINIER, Ore. -- The family of fallen Police Chief Ralph Painter was presented with a medal to honor his service Monday as the town continues to mourn the loss of the respected community leader.
Ralph Painter was shot and killed outside a church in Rainier after a struggle with Daniel Butts, 21, of Kalama, at a car stereo shop last January, police said.
Butts was shot by police in return gunfire but survived.
Rainier Mayor Jerry Cole said it was a sad day for his small northwest Oregon town. Chief Painter led a force of five officers.
On Monday, the National Chief of Police Association presentedPainter's widow and seven children with the medal. The family also learned that the city had established a Citizenship Award in Ralph's honor.
Interim Police Chief Sgt. Gregg Griffith choked up while talking about Painter during the presentation.
What was so noble about Chief Painter was not how he died but how he lived. Chief Painter did not lose his life, he gave it, and that is what we are honoring here today, Griffith said.
Painter's youngest son also received his father's bullet-proof vest during the ceremony.