Officer Whisler unexpectedly passed away on July 9th, 2021, at the incredibly young age of 26. Officer Whisler has been a member of the Astoria Police department since January 2020. He previously served with the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office as a search and rescue volunteer at the young age of 13 starting in 2008 and continued in search and rescue until 2016. He was sworn in as an enforcement cadet at Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 and in May of 2017 was sworn in as a reserve deputy and continued in that capacity until he joined the Astoria Police Department in January 2020. Sam also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Gearhart Fire Department and was a lifeguard and rescue swimmer for Seaside Fire Department in 2016.
Sam was loved by all and always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude.
He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Christin, Sam’s wife and their two children, along with Sam’s parents and the entire family.
A procession and services were held at the Seaside Convention Center on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a contribution be made to Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers at https://helpinghandsreentry.org/
The Sam Whisler Memorial Fund: A special fund has been established to benefit Sam’s wife, Christin and children (Maverick and Penelope). The fund has been established at the Wauna Federal Credit Union. Donations can be made at any Wauna branch. Simply mention “The Sam Whisler Memorial Fund.”
Go Fund Me: This fundraiser is set up by Sam’s
sister, Amanda Laird.
To donate go to this website: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sam-whisler-for-penelope-harper-whisler
Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers: In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a contribution be made to Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers at - https://helpinghandsreentry.org/
Gun & Boot & Gear: 248 W. Marine
Raffling a donated Glock 17 (Gen 5) handgun.
Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the store
or by calling: 503-882-8723.
If you win the Glock 17 you have the option of trading it in
for anything else in the store for the value of the gun. Raffle ends on
August 30, 2021.
Fort George Brewery & Public House: 1438 Duane Street, Astoria
On Thursday, August 12th, from 6pm to 9pm, Fort George will be donating 100% of all beverage sales from the Lovell Taproom to the Officer Sam Whisler Memorial Fund.
Seaside American Legion: 1315 Broadway, Seaside
Special Public Event - Fundraiser for Whisler Family
Saturday, August 21 starting until 4pm.
Enjoy the Angus Burger Basket for a $10 donation. Served with RP Mike's homemade fries and coleslaw.
Donations may be made in any amount to the Seaside American Legion, PO Box 947, Seaside, OR 97138
Brew 22 Coffee: 1260 S. Holladay Drive, Seaside (ended)
On Tuesday July 13th Brew 22 Coffee will donate all sales to Sam’s wife and beautiful daughter.
Thai Me Up: 175 14th Street, Suite 180, Astoria (ended)
On Thursday July 15th Thai Me Up will be donating 100% of sales made at the restaurant to Sam Whisler’s family.
Get 10% off all orders using code: sam2021. Donations will also be accepted on their website. Website: https://www.thaimeuporder.com/
Journey’s End Espresso: 55 Basin Street, Astoria (ended)
On Monday July 19th Journey’s End will be donating 100% of profit on all purchases to the family of Sam Whisler.
Buoy Beer Company: 1 8th Street, Astoria (ended)
During the weekend of July 22-25, 2021; Buoy Beer will donate $1 from the sale of any size beer to the Sam Whisler Memorial Fund.
Reach Break Brewing: 1343 Duane St., Astoria (ended)
On July 31, 2021 Reach Break Brewing will be donating 100% of all taproom sales and everything else that they sell will be included; this includes: beer, kombucha, wine, t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, 4 packs to-go, etc….whatever people buy. 100% of all sales will go to the Sam Whisler Memorial Fund.
On Tots: 1343 Duane St., Astoria (ended)
Joined Reach Break Brewing in donating a portion of the profits from their sales on July 31, 2021.
Click here for the Officer Sam Whisler Memorial Procession Route