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Thousands pay respect to fallen Moscow Police Officer

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MOSCOW, Idaho - More than 300 patrol cars were present as law enforcement officers led a procession to pay their respects to fallen Moscow Police Officer Lee Newbill, who was killed in the line of duty. Thousands of people attended a solemn memorial service, held at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome.

Departments throughout the western United States have sent honor guards and representatives to the service including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Salt Lake City, several agencies in Oregon, and South Dakota.

Staging for the procession started at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the former Tidyman's at Highway 8 and Blaine Street. The procession itself started at 10 a.m., and will continue into town before finishing at the Kibbie Dome.

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter may be one of the featured speakers during the service.

Around 20 people were involved in working through the planning and logisistics of the memorial service. The Moscow Police Department substation is being used as the planning center and is being staffed by volunteers.

The University of Idaho community has generously supported the MPD by providing facilities for the service and for law enforcement officers.

KHQ-TV is donating its television production truck and will provide pool coverage during the memorial service.

The Newbill family is requesting donations be made to COPS - Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc, in lieu of flowers. An account also has been set up to help with additional expenses. It is listed as the Lee Newbill Foundation Fund at the U.S. Bank in Moscow.


About Officer Lee Newbill

17-year law enforcement veteran, Officer Lee Newbill died Sunday from wounds received during an ambush-style shooting at a church in Moscow. Newbill was one of the first officers on the scene and was shot multiple times. He is the first member in the history of the Moscow Police Department to die in the line of duty.

He worked at the University of Idaho with the campus police, a dpeartment run by the City of Moscow Police Department. In March 2001 he joined the Moscow City Police Dept.

He leaves behind his wife, one son and two daughters.

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