Hi, my name is Liana Washburn and I'm Erin and Jeff's sister-in-law.
Early in the evening on Monday, June 7, Jeff and Erin were taking their new Harley out for a ride and were hit by a car. Both Erin and Jeff were wearing helmets, but that was not enough to protect them from the impact of the crash. Jeff died from injuries sustained in the accident and Erin was rushed to the hospital, where she remains in stable but critical condition.
Jeff was a long-time veteran of the Portland police department, as well as a former Marine who graduated from boot camp at the top of his class. He was also deeply dedicated to his family. Jeff's nephew Carter was recently assigned a school project that involved interviewing and writing an essay about his personal hero, and Carter chose Jeff. During their conversation, Carter asked Jeff how he would like to be remembered. Jeff said: "the most important thing is to be remembered for being honest and having integrity. And [my] family and friends count the most." We are totally devastated to have lost a friend, family member, and role model in Jeff, and we know he was all those things to you too. We intend to update this page with information regarding services for Jeff as plans take shape.
Erin's life changed in an instant and she now has a long road ahead of her, recovering from complicated, serious injuries, and navigating how to move forward after losing the love of her life. We take great comfort knowing she has a strong community of support and are so grateful to everyone who loves and cares about her.
We have set up this fundraising page to support Erin in the many things she will need in the future, and put money towards services for Jeff. Thanks again for your love and support.