The Kelso School District canceled classes for Wednesday to allow teachers, staff and students the opportunity to attend the funeral service for Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy Justin DeRosier, who was fatally shot while on duty last weekend.
The service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Earle A. & Virginia H. Chiles Center at the University of Portland. It will also be live streamed at New Life Church in Longview (2441 42nd Ave.).
“Deputy DeRosier is a much-loved member of our Hilander family,” said Superintendent Mary Beth Tack. “His strong heart and ultimate service will always be remembered.”
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DeRosier attended Butler Acres Elementary, Coweeman Middle School and was a 2008 Kelso High graduate with many friends and relatives in Kelso schools, according to a school district news release.
To make up for the missed school day, the school year will be extended by one day, to June 14, at all schools but Wallace Elementary. Wallace students will make up for the missed day on June 3. The last day of school for Wallace students will remain as June 21.
Kelso High School parent/teacher conferences that were scheduled for Wednesday will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 8.