Beloved Troutdale police officer passes away from illness www.privateofficer.com
Troutdale ORE Aug 4 2011 Mike Kellogg, a beloved Troutdale police officer, died last week after a six-year battle with leukemia. He was 44.
Kellogg ingratiated himself with the community while working as a D.A.R.E. instructor and resource officer at Walt Morey Middle School and Reynolds High School. To thousands of students, he was known simply as “Officer Mike.”
Several years ago, his cancer was in remission, but last July a routine checkup revealed the aggressive form of leukemia was back. Doctors told Kellogg this spring he had about six months to live, but he said he wasn’t frightened by the prognosis.
“I was never afraid of being shot when I was a cop,” he said in June. “I’m not afraid to die, but the anticipation is tough.”
Boring, OreFriends and colleagues had pitched in to run errands and shuttle Kellogg to medical appointments when his condition worsened. A few months ago, he joined the other Troutdale police officers for a group photo that will hang in the department’s new headquarters.
“Mike will not be here to see the building,” Police Chief Scott Anderson said. “I want that photo hung in the lobby to make sure that people don’t forget Mike.”
Kellogg spent his entire life in the Gresham area, and he knew he wanted to become a cop after taking police ride-alongs in high school. He spent four years in the Marines before accepting law enforcement jobs in Gresham and Fairview and with the Multnomah County sheriff’s reserve program. He finally signed on in Troutdale in 2000.
Asked about his legacy, Kellogg said “I feel I was a good cop, a good husband and a good dad. I want to be remembered as a man who fought as long as he could.”
He is survived by his wife, Holly, and three sons from a previous marriage, Nicholas, Austin and Kristopher. His family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The family has established a website, http://www.mikeandhollykelloggfund.com, to accept donations to help cover Kellogg’s medical expenses.
Viewing: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 4
Omega Funeral Services
223 S.E. 122nd Ave.
Memorial: 1 p.m. Aug. 5
Good Shepherd Community Church
28986 S.W. Haley Road