Longview businesses donate to DeRosier family


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Residents and businesses across Cowlitz County continue to show their support and appreciation for slain Deputy Justin DeRosier. 

Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier died in the line of duty on April 13, 2019. (CCSO)

The 29-year-old was killed late Saturday, the first deputy in the county’s 165 years to die in the line of duty. He leaves behind a wife and a 5-month-old daughter.

In the days that have followed DeRosier’s death, the grieving community has been hard at work. 

Three restaurants and bars in Longview planned to donate 20% of their Friday proceeds to the deputy’s family. 

The Office 842, the Triangle Tavern and the Silver Dollar Sports Bar & Grill all participated in the cause. 

Friday’s fundraiser continued the spirit of giving started by other local businesses earlier in the week

Red Leaf Organic Coffee and Dutch Bros in Cowlitz County also donated 20% of their proceeds to DeRosier’s family. Red Leaf said it planned to keep donation jars out on display at all of its locations through the month of April. 

Red Leaf said it raised more than $5,900 in cash on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Dutch Bros said its Kelso and Longview locations raised $18,836 on Wednesday. 

“We have never seen support like this, and we want to say thank you to the community for making this possible,” said Karla Luna, owner of Dutch Bros Kelso and Longview. “We are so grateful to everyone for coming together, and we hope this helps the DeRosiers in some small way during such a devastating time.”

Memorial service

A memorial service for DeRosier will take place April 24 at the Earle A. & Virginia H. Chiles Center at the University of Portland at 5000 North Willamette Boulevard. The service will start at 1 p.m.

A live video viewing will be held at New Life Church at 2441 42nd Avenue in Longview. 

Officials said most Cowlitz County buildings will be closed on the day of the memorial to allow employees to attend. 

Touching tribute

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office displayed Deputy DeRosier’s patrol car surrounded by flowers. Deputies shared a picture of the tribute on Thursday. 

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