IRVING, TEXAS (June 27, 2005) – It is withgreat sadness that we announce the death of DynCorp InternationalPolice Liaison Officer Deborah Dawn Klecker, an internationalpolice liaison officer serving in Iraq with DynCorp Internationalunder contract to the Department of State. She was killed June 27by a roadside bomb.
Officer Klecker, 51, of Bend, Oregon, sustained massive injuriesto her pelvic area at about 1:10 pm local time Monday when animprovised explosive device (IED) detonated about 10 meters fromthe vehicle in which she was traveling. She was airlifted to thecombat support hospital in the International Zone, but waspronounced dead at 2:22 pm. One U.S. soldier was wounded.
Officer Klecker was a 19-year police veteran who had been workingin Iraq for about two months as an international police liaisonofficer. In that capacity, she mentored and advised Iraqi policeofficers who had completed their initial training.
Officer Klecker began her law enforcement career in 1978 with theMarion County (OR) Sheriff´s Department, and served as a deputysheriff. During her tenure with the department, she heldassignments in Patrol and Criminal Investigations. She also was aninstructor, teaching about crime scene investigations, crimesagainst persons, and interviews and interrogations, and she servedas a mentor and adviser to recruits.
In 2001, Governor John Kitzhaber appointed her to the board ofdirectors of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Trainingfor the State of Oregon. She was reappointed by current GovernorTed Kulongoski.
DynCorp International extends its deepest sympathies to OfficerKlecker´s family, and shares their grief in the loss of thisdedicated and courageous police officer.