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Tacoma Rainiers event raises nearly $10,000 for slain officers families

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 14, 2010 at 8:27 am |
April 14, 2010 12:54 pm

The Tacoma Rainiers’ tribute last weekend to the six Puget Sound police officers killed in the line of duty in 2009 raised nearly $10,000 for the officers’ families, the team reported this week.

The Rainiers had deemed Saturday’s matchup “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Night as a way to celebrate and remember the six¬† officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was gunned down Oct. 31 while sitting in a patrol car; Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards were ambushed in a Parkland coffee shop Nov. 29 and Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell was mortally wounded while on a domestic violence call Dec. 21 near Eatonville.

More than 200 officers from the South Sound region attended the game. Players presented six jerseys – one for each of the fallen officers – to the officers’ families and colleagues during an on-the-field ceremony.

The ticket sales from the night – about $6,500 – went to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild’s Charitable Fund. After the game, the special jerseys worn by Rainiers’ players were auctioned off. The auction raised an additional $3,500 for the officers’ families.

“The night was a success with nearly $10,000 raised, an on-field ceremony to honor the fallen officers and their families, and a post-game tributary fireworks show given by Entertainment Fireworks, Inc. as a donation to the event,” the Rainiers announced in a press release. ” S.H.I.E.L.D. NIGHT will be an annual event for the Tacoma Rainiers.”

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