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Tacoma Rainiers to honor region’s fallen officers

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 7, 2010 at 4:31 am with No Comments »
April 6, 2010 2:51 pm

The Tacoma Rainiers will honor the Puget Sound-area officers who were killed in the line of duty last year at a game Saturday night.

The 7 p.m. baseball game will be a “tribute to and celebration of the lives of Western Washington’s fallen officers,” a team press release states. The team is calling Saturday “S.H.I.E.L.D.” night. (S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Safety, Honor, Integrity, Enforce, Leadership, Defend.)

The proceeds from the single game tickets for Saturday’s matchup will be donated to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild Charitable Fund to assist the families of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards. The four officers, along with Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton and Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell, were killed in the line of duty during the last three months of 2009.

Before Saturday night’s game, the Metro Pierce and Pierce County honor guard will present the nation’s colors and a Lakewood police officer will sing “God Bless America.” The Rainiers will wear special jerseys that will be signed and auctioned off. Throughout the season, the team will wear Lakewood police patches bearing the initials of Renninger, Griswold, Owens and Richards.

“The events of the last six months have changed how law enforcement is viewed and impacted the safety of our communities,” Federal Way Police Officers Guild member Bryan Klingele stated in the press release. “This event will allow law enforcement officers from several agencies to come together to support the families of our fallen brothers, but it also reminds each of us of the bond we all share.”

More than 200 officers from Lakewood police and other law enforcement agencies are expected to attend Saturday’s baseball game.

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