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COPS ON TOP Mt Hood climb honoring SCSO Deputy James Slater

Posted 7/10/2013 10:29 AM by MDGREGORY
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Here’s an absolutely great story. We were contacted by one of our Search & Rescue Volunteers, Dan Coslic. He explained he is also a member of Cops on Top (http://copsontop.com) which is a “is a team of volunteers from the law enforcement and public service community, who undertake mountain climbing expeditions to honor the memories of those heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting others.”

He explained, he along with Norm Simmons (Retired LE) and Levi Hendricks (Retired LE) were planning a trip to summit Mt. Hood and would like to dedicate the climb to Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy James Slater who we tragically lost in August of 2003. This is an unbelievable way to honor and remember Deputy Slater, his family as well as ALL of our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers.

You can also listen to the audio blog Honoring Deputy Slater and sumerizing their climb: http://copsontop.blo..._4435.html

If you would like more information, would like to volunteer or support the Cops on Top Program, please visit their website at http://copsontop.com or go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cops-on-Top/336565374329.

THANK YOU Dan, Norm, Levi and everyone at Cops on Top for bringing our Fallen to unbelievable heights in honor of the Sacrifice!!


The 2013 COPS ON TOP Mt Hood, OR Team successfully summited Mt Hood (11,240') at 5:15 AM on June 29, 2013 after a six hour climb under very warm conditions with a partial moon lighting the way.

Leaving the Timberline Lodge parking lot at the 6200' base of Mt Hood at 11PM June 28, the team arrived at the summit to watch an incredible sunrise and to pay honor to those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The Hood climb was dedicated to Spokane Sheriffs Deputy James Slater who was killed in the line of duty ten years ago on August 29, 2003. After 45 minutes on the summit of the highest point in Oregon, the team descended the mountain and three hours later were sitting in Timberline Lodge enjoying breakfast and reflected on the nine hour climb.

Team Mt Hood consisted of Dan Coslic of Spokane County Sheriffs Search And Rescue Team, Norm Simmons retired from Port Angeles and Sequim, WA Police Departments and Levi Hendricks of Thurston County Sheriffs Office.

Dan Coslic of Spokane, WA has been a member of the Spokane Sheriffs Search and Rescue Team since 2010. He has 23 years of climbing experience and has summitted the highest natural point in all 50 States with Denali completing the 50 in May 2012. Dan has summitted Mt Hood ten times and is familiar with the mountain. He has also made climbs in Canada and Ecuador.

Norm Simmons of Sequim, WA is retired from working with the Federal Government in the National Park Service and served with the Port Angeles Police Department and Sequim Police Department. Norm most recently attempted a Cops On Top climb on Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest point in the Western Hemisphere at 22,840' but due to altitude sickness, had to turn back.

Levi Hendricks from Olympia, WA is with the Thurston County Sheriffs Dept and relatively new to climbing but experienced. He has climbed Mt. Rainier and throughout the Olympic Mountains in Northwest Washington.

Cops On Top has an annual event to have law enforcement and supporters of law enforcement personnel stand on the highest point in each of the 50 States during this same weekend.

All the pictures where provided by the Mt Hood Team!!

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