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Two fallen firefighters to be honored today at annual memorial service

Two firefighters from the region will be honored today during the annual Washington State Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Service.

The service, which is open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda in Olympia. It will honor two firefighters who died in 2012 from work-related incidents.

Ernie Rideout, 57, joined the Kent Fire Department in 1978 and retired in 2010. He died June 6 from multiple myeloma, a cancer believed to have been contracted from his firefighting duties.

John Moncrief, 59, joined the former Federal Way Fire Department in 1989 and retired from South King

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Special Olympics torch to be carried through Pierce County today, Friday

Law enforcement officers will be running a torch for the Special Olympics through Pierce County today and Friday.

Four torches are carried from each end of the state and converge Friday afternoon at the Lakewood Police Department.

The official torch will then be run by Kennewick police detective Shirrell Zeitenheimer and athlete Michael I’ren to Joint-Base Lewis McChord, where 2,700 athletes will compete in five sports over the weekend.

The torch, which weighs about 10 pounds, will pass through Gig Harbor from 4 to 5 p.m. tonight via Burnham, Harborview and Soundview.

On Friday, a different torch will travel through

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Body of fallen Tacoma firefighter to be escorted to funeral home today

Al Nejmeh
Credit: City of Tacoma

Tacoma firefighters will today escort the body of their fallen comrade, Albert Nejmeh, from the Medical Examiner’s Office to Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood.

Officials said it is not a formal procession, rather a “respectful movement” of the body.

Nejmeh, 59, died on-duty Tuesday of an apparent heart attack while working at the scene of a medical emergency incident.

Five rigs will accompany Nejmeh’s body from the ME’s Office, past two fire stations and to Mountain View Memorial Park at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW.

Several off-duty firefighters are expected

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Pierce County fallen officers memorial set for Wednesday

The annual Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held Wednesday.

The service, which honors law enforcement officers and military police killed in the line of duty, begins at 6 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

The public is invited to attend.



West Pierce firefighters collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy Association this weekend

West Pierce Fire & Rescue crews will be collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this month with “Fill the Boot” events in Lakewood and University Place.

Firefighters will be at Lakewood Towne Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

They will also be passing the boot for donations at 27th Street and Bridgeport Way West in University Place at the same time May 10-11.

Over the last three years, fire officials said the department has raised more than $58,000 in Lakewood and University Place for the association.


Three new Pierce County judges to be sworn in Friday

Three newly elected Pierce County Superior Court judges will be sworn in Friday.

The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 at the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. The public is welcome to attend.

Below are the basics on the new judges, compiled by Pierce County:

Judge-elect Stan J. Rumbaugh received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1978. He has tried hundreds of cases in private practice. Judge-elect Rumbaugh has been on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association for nine years and was Washington State Law and

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Lakewood Fallen Officers Food Drive starts Thursday

The Lakewood Police Department kicks off its third Fallen Officers Food Drive on Thursday.

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee will make remarks at an 8 a.m. ceremony at the Lakewood police station, 9401 Lakewood Drive Southwest. Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar also will speak.

Volunteers, soldiers form Joint Base Lewis-McChord and police employees will attend the ceremony and accept food or cash donations.

The drive will continue through Dec. 7 and benefits the Emergency Food Network. Donations of food or cash can be dropped off at the Lakewood Police Department, any Pierce

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Blessing to be held this morning for South Hill woman killed last month

A spiritual gathering will be held this morning outside the South Hill house where a woman was fatally stabbed last month.

The Moment of Blessing for Joyce West will take place at 10 a.m. in the 13000 block of 158th Street Court East. The site will be marked with red and purple ribbons.

The ceremony is open to the public.

West was killed Oct. 27. Her daughter has been charged with the slaying.

The Associated Ministries sponsors the Moment of Blessing ceremonies at locations in Pierce County where homicides have occurred. The ceremonies are intended to provide support for the

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