KPD officer loses cancer battle

Officer Dan Carroll of the Keizer Police Department.

Keizer Police Officer Dan Carroll, 43, passed away after an intense battle with cancer Friday, Feb. 6. 

Carroll, a 14-year veteran of the Keizer Police Department (KPD), was initially diagnosed in May 2019, but the esophageal cancer he was diagnosed with rapidly spread to other areas of his body. 

A series of headaches in December led to hospitalization and the discovery of cancer cells in his spinal fluid. After the initial diagnosis, further treatment discovered cancerous tissue in his shoulder, spine, hips, liver and stomach. Intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed. 

“Over the months, he fought hard, with remarkable, but not unexpected determination as he underwent numerous treatments. Dan battled his illness as he lived his life, courageously,” said Keizer police officials in announcing Carroll’s death on Facebook. 

Prior to joining the Keizer Police Department in 2005, Carroll worked as a reserve officer in Talent, Ore., and Phoenix, Ore., then as a full-time officer for Seaside Police Department. 

“We will never forget Dan—his infectious laugh, friendship, work ethic, commitment to our profession, and the ability to always be trusted to do the right thing,” police officials said. 

A funeral procession for Carroll will take place Tuesday, Feb. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. and travel from Volcanoes Stadium to Salem Evangelical Church.

The route will take Keizer Station Boulevard to Lockhaven Drive Northeast, west to River Road North and then south to Broadway Street Northeast to the church at 455 Locust Street N.E.

A public memorial service is slated to begin at 1 p.m.