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Flagpoles raised today at Forza memorial to slain Lakewood officers

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm with No Comments »
November 10, 2010 2:48 pm
Firefighters Jason Yantzer and Lance Nelson help to lift the first pole with the aid of Lakewood Fire’s Ladder 20/Courtesy of Lakewood Fire Department

Firefighters helped raise four flagpoles today outside a Parkland coffee shop where four Lakewood police officers were killed nearly a year ago.

The poles are part of a memorial that is being constructed in honor of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards. The memorial is located at the corner of 116th Street South and Steele Street South, just steps from the Forza coffee shop where the officers were gunned down the morning of Nov. 29.

Lakewood firefighters used a rope system on Ladder 20 to put the four flagpoles into place this morning.

The memorial is one of two under construction in honor of the Lakewood officers. The Lakewood Police Department is building a fallen officer memorial outside its headquarters building at 9401 Lakewood Drive S.W. Officials with both projects hope to have the memorials completed by the anniversary of the slayings.

Forty Pierce and King counties restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses participated in a fund-raising event last week to help finish the memorials.Restaurants continue to tally their results from the “Dine Out” event.

So far, the event has raised $22,000, said Kit Ford, executive director for the Behind the Badge Foundation. The foundation helped organize the event.

Ford expects more donations to come in this week and possibly into next.

Forza announced on its Facebook this week that bracelets are being sold at the Parkland and Lakewood Forza, 102nd and Bridgeport Way, to help raise money for its memorial.

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