More than 50 law enforcement vehicles from all over the mid-valley formed an honor guard Monday afternoon to escort the body of a brother officer to a downtown Corvallis funeral home.

Rick Fontaine, 49, a longtime patrol deputy with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, died Monday morning at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center after a brief illness, according to Undersheriff Greg Ridler.

Patrol cars and motorcycles from multiple agencies, emergency lights flashing, formed a solemn procession as Fontaine’s body was transported to McHenry Funeral Home around 3 p.m., Ridler said.

Fellow officers from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Police Department, Philomath Police Department and Lebanon Police Department took part.

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Traffic was halted briefly as the cortege traveled along Highway 99W.

Ridler said Fontaine had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“He came to the office on Saturday, had a seizure and collapsed,” Ridler said. “He never regained consciousness.”

A public viewing is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW Fifth St.

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