Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen, a 12 year veteran was tragically gunned down as he pursued and stopped a speeding vehicle in Springfield Oregon on April 22, 2011. Chris, a devoted family man, leaves behind a wife and 2 daughters. His assailant, 56 year old Cheryl Kidd, surrendered to police after a pursuit and standoff with Springfield Police, Eugene Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police. She was charged with Chris' murder but was found mentally unfit for trial and remains in a mental health care facility in Pendleton, Oregon.
After Chris' murder, family and friends sought out to carry on his legacy of helping the community. The Chris Kilcullen Memorial Ride was just one such event that helped fully fund the Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship. Now, the ride supports the Kilcullen Project, a 501(c)3 organization that spreads seeds of goodwill in the community. Just like Chris did.