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PORTLAND The family of an Oregon City police officer who died after getting shot in the line of duty remembers him as a man who loved to serve his community.

On Wednesday, the family of Officer Robert Libke released a statement thanking fellow officers, and friends as they get through this tragic time.

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On Sunday, the 41-year-old officer responded to reports of an armed man at the scene of a house fire on Linn Avenue in Oregon City. When Libke arrived at the scene, 88-year-old Lawrence Cambra opened fire on him, according to investigators.

The family released the following statement:

Our family would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the unbelievable acts of kindness and sacrifice by Rob's fellow officers, our friends, and many people who we may never meet in person to thank. The community, Oregon City Police Department and their families, and many other departments are unselfishly giving their time and placing their lives on hold to help us get through this horrible time.

Rob loved putting on the uniform and helping the police department serve their community. He will always be remembered in our hearts and minds as a dedicated husband and beautiful family man. We will miss him deeply.

Chief James Band with Oregon City police also had kind words for the community, which he said has given overwhelming support to the department and officers.

First, I want to thank the entire community for its overwhelming support of our department and our officers. I have come to the conclusion that the words thank you don't begin to accurately convey our gratitude, Band said. Our hearts, prayers, and support are with Officer Rob Libke's wife and family as they are dealing with this tremendous loss. I also want to thank every one of my officers and our public safety partners who responded on November 3, 2013. You have my thanks and support for your professionalism during an unimaginable crisis.

Background: Officer in Ore. city house fire shooting dies

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