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.”