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Category: Kudos and awards


Pierce County jurist named state ‘Judge of the Year’

Pierce County Superior Court Judge James Orlando has been named “Judge of the Year” by the Washington State Association for Justice.

“Judge Orlando is respected by all sides of the bar and is a fine example of what a judge should be,” association president Brad Fulton said in a news release. “He has worked hard to reduce the backlog of criminal and civil cases and has stood up to protect access to justice in our state.”

A Superior Court judge since 2000, Orlando is consistently rated by attorneys as one of the best jurists on the Pierce County

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State’s highest honor to be given to slain Lakewood, Pierce County officers today

Fourteen law enforcement officers – including six from the Lakewood Police Department and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office – will be honored today during a ceremony in Olympia.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and state Attorney General Rob McKenna will award the officers with the Medal of Honor, the state’s highest honor for law enforcement.The medal is given to officers who are killed in the line of duty, were seriously injured or displayed exceptionally meritorious conduct.

The annual ceremony begins at 1 p.m. at the state’s Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The event is open to the public but

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Tacoma police honor their own, celebrate 125 years of service

The Tacoma Police Department held its annual awards ceremony last week and celebrated its 125th birthday.

Chief Don Ramsdell handed out three awards Thursday:

* Officer of the Year: homicide detective Gene Miller.

* Employee of the Year: financial assistant Jason McKenzie.

* Explorer of the Year: Amber Anderson.

“The work that we do is important and meaningful,” Ramsdell said at the conclusion of the ceremony.

During the ceremony, Ramsdell was flanked by two glass cases. In one was a 1885 Tacoma police uniform. In the other was a 2010 uniform. The ceremony and birthday celebration was attended by several

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TPD honors citizen for help in nabbing bank robber

Tacoma police detectives are thanking a man who helped them catch a bank robbery earlier this year.

The department gave George Rodkey a Certificate of Merit today for his efforts April 27.

According to detectives, Rodkey was inside Key Bank, 1120 S. 11 St., when it was robbed. The robber left the bank and got into a vehicle.

Rodkey followed the robber outside and got the license plate number of the getaway vehicle. He provided the information to officers.

Officers found the vehicle and arrested the two occupants, one of whom tried to run from officers,

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Governor honors 6 law enforcement officers with medals

Six law enforcement officers were honored today with the state’s highest honor for police officers.

Here’s the press release from Gov. Christine Gregoire:

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today paid tribute to six Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor recipients at a ceremony conducted at the Washington State Law Enforcement/Peace Officers Memorial.

“Today I honor the Washington law enforcement officers who protect our state, along with those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our citizens,” Gregoire said. “These valiant men and women deserve our highest respect and praise for their commitment and

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Federal Way police honor mail carrier tonight for helping save woman

The chief of the Federal Way Police Department will be presenting a mail carrier with the Chief’s Commendation Medal tonight after he helped get needed medical attention to an elderly woman on his route.

Here’s the press release from the police department about Gary Lyon’s actions.

On 111508 at about 3:20 p.m., Federal Way Police responded to the call of a Welfare Check, located in the 30600 block of 1st Place South. The postal carrier for the route, Mr. Gary Lyon, had called 911 to report he had not seen the elderly woman occupant of the

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Teen who turned in $10,000 will be honored tonight

Federal Way police will honor a 17-year-old grocery bagger who found – and turned in – a bag containing $10,000 in cash.

The department will present Moisei “Moses” Baranuic with the Chief’s Commendation Medal tonight during the Federal Way City Council’s regular meeting. The presentation is scheduled for shortly after the start of the 7 p.m. meeting.

“Please join us while we congratulate Moisei on his ethical behavior that serves as a model to all citizens,” a police press release states.

Baraniuc, a bagger at Top Foods in Federal Way and a senior at Todd Beamer High

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