Oregon State Trooper named AAST Trooper of the Year

Oregon injured trooper

Senior Trooper Nic Cederberg, a 7-year veteran of the Oregon State Police, has been recognized nationally for his heroic efforts that helped stop a murderer from taking more lives.  The American Association of State Troopers recognized Cederberg’s heroic actions by naming him the 2017 Trooper of the Year for risking his life and assisting in the apprehension of a murderer.  On December 25, 2016, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Nic Cederberg's heroic efforts helped stop a murderer from taking more lives.  At approximately 10:30 p.m., a male suspect met his estranged wife, Kate Armand, at his mother's residence in King City, OR to exchange their eleven month old daughter for visitation.  After carrying their daughter into his mother's house, the suspect returned to Kate's vehicle and shot her eight times, killing her as she attempted to escape.  Trooper Cederberg was taking a Christmas evening break with his family at his residence.   He monitored the ATL on the suspect’s movements and having grown up in the area he knew the suspect would have to go one of two directions to avoid police detection.   As Trooper Cederberg patrolled towards King City he found the suspect’s car backed into a driveway.  Trooper Cederberg was in an unmarked patrol car, the suspect drove off and a pursuit ensued.  During the chase the suspect shot at Trooper Cederberg’s vehicle repeatedly.  While under fire, Trooper Cederberg continuously radioed position update to other responding officers in an effort to expedite their response.  The suspect eventually turned down a dead end road.   Trooper Cederberg stopped his patrol car short of the end of the road to set up for the suspect’s return.  He watched as the suspect did a U-turn and accelerated toward him, and although responding officers were still several minutes away, Trooper Cederberg knew the suspect needed to be stopped.  It was clear the suspect intended to ram Cederberg’s patrol car so the trooper began firing to stop the threat.  After ramming Trooper Cederberg’s patrol car the suspect immediately started shooting at the trooper through his passenger window, striking Trooper Cederberg in the right hip knocking him to the ground.  The gunshot rendered Trooper Cederberg’s legs useless and it is believed that this is the bullet that is still currently lodged against his spine.  Although wounded in the exchange, the suspect got out of his car and moved around the back of his vehicle looking for the trooper.  Unable to get up, Trooper Cederberg was able to reload and return fire as the gunfight continued.  The trooper attempted a second reload as suspect charged him firing indiscriminately, his last shot fired a few feet from Trooper Cederberg.  The trooper continued to move and fight on the ground; he was struck a total of eleven more times.  Five rounds were absorbed by his ballistic vest, but seven rounds struck his body.  The suspect disengaged from the gunfight when he heard the sound of approaching sirens and ran into a nearby wooded area to set up an ambush.  The suspect’s ambush was unsuccessful, he died at the scene after a brief but intense exchange of gunfire with other officers.  Officers began treating Trooper Cederberg’s injuries immediately, he was taken to the hospital where he endured numerous surgeries and a lengthy stay in the ICU.  His injuries include a collapsed lung, two broken arms, and a bullet lodged against his spine.  The bullet near his spine is too dangerous to remove and could be a part of him for the rest of his life.   Trooper Cederberg is still recovering and requiring intense medical treatment.  He continues his fight to get better and return to a normal life.  Trooper Cederberg has kept an amazing and optimistic attitude.  He’s told his friends and family, “I was just doing my job.”  His actions helped stop a crazed murderer from injuring or killing more innocent people.  A presentation ceremony will be held in Salem, Oregon on July 12, 2017.