SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown is renewing her call to better fund the Oregon State Police after a state trooper who was shot 12 times was awarded the national medal of valor.
Nic Cederberg was awarded the nation's highest police honor Wednesday for being the sole trooper to pursue a man who had shot and killed his wife in 2016. Cederberg was left in critical condition after the shooter opened fire.
The governor says that Cederberg wouldn't have had to be alone that night if there was better funding for the Oregon State Police.
Decades of cuts have left Oregon with only 380 troopers to patrol more than 6,400 miles of highways.
Brown proposed a $146 million investment through 2030 to double the number of state police officers. But despite drawing bipartisan support, the fate of her plan remains uncertain.