Officer Mark Zylawy of NE precinct is being mourned following his tragic death yesterday morning.
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Zylawy, a 17-year veteran of the bureau, died early Sunday when he was struck on Interstate 5 by a tractor-trailer rig as he waited by the side of the highway, having experienced car trouble. He had been on his way to work in Northeast Portland. The mayor’s office has ordered flags flown at half-mast on City buildings in his honor.
“Officer Zylawy was not only a great officer, but a great friend to many in the communities he served with compassion and concern,” said Mayor Potter. “His loss will be felt not only by the neighborhoods of Northeast Portland, but in every neighborhood in our city.
Here’s a release sent out the media by Zylawy’s family:
Mark (40 years of age) was born in France and raised in Montana. He received his degree in criminology from Montana State University and was hired by the Portland Police Bureau 17 years ago. Mark leaves behind his wife Patti and his four children, Tara (22) Kaitlyn (15) Austin (13) and Dawson (10). The family made Ridgefield Washington their home, where they enjoyed their family farm, raising Goats, Chickens, Cows and Cats. The family does not wish any immediate media contacts. Thanks for your understanding on this very tragic event.Rest in peace.
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