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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The memorial service for Justin DeRosier, the Cowlitz County deputy killed in the line of duty, will be held April 24 in Portland, officials announced.

DeRosier was shot as he looked into a disabled motorhome call near Fallert Road and Kalama River Road on April 13. He was airlifted after being shot in the chest and died in surgery on April 14.

The 29-year-old Kelso resident leaves behind a wife and a 5-month-old daughter.

The memorial service will begin at 1p.m. next Wednesday and is set for the Earle A. & Virginia H. Chiles Center at the University of Portland, 5000 North Willamette Boulevard. The Chiles Center seats 4852 people.

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

A 29-year-old Kelso native and new father, Justin DeRosier, died in the line of duty as a Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy on April 14. 

On Tuesday, the president of the Behind the Badge Foundation, Sgt. Brian Johnston, said the community knows “these officers, these deputies by name, by face. And not just once or twice, so there’s that personal sense of loss each one of us feels.”

Johnston said Behind the Badge is coordinating with agencies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

“When we have a law enforcement officer’s death, we can count on several thousand people who want to be part of that,” he said.

KOIN 6 News and KOIN.com will cover the Justin DeRosier memorial service.

People lined the path of a procession carrying fallen Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier home to Kelso on April 15, 2019. (KOIN)

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