NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (KOIN) — The City of North Plains held a candlelight vigil Monday night to honor the Oregon State Police trooper who risked his life when he was shot by a homicide suspect on Christmas Day.
Trooper Nic Cederberg was pursuing 30-year-old James Tylka off Hwy 99W when the suspect allegedly opened fire on him. Cederberg was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Tylka, who is accused of murdering his 24-year-old estranged wife Kate Armand, was killed in the exchange of gunfire.
Since the Christmas Day shooting, Cederberg has undergone numerous surgeries. Those close to him say he is making progress each and every day.
At Monday night’s vigil, his community hailed him as a hero.
“He was willing to put his life on the line to protect those that couldn’t do it themselves,” his brother Jeff Cederberg said. “He’s not showing any signs of weakness up there when he absolutely should.”
Those at the vigil expressed their gratitude to Cederberg by covering posters with get well wishes and holding blue glowsticks and love rocks as symbols of support.
“The community loves him,” North Plains City Manager Blake Boyles said. “If you were to look up police officer in the dictionary, it would be his picture.”