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KILLINGS: Let the blue lights shine on

Letter by John L. Brooks, Spanaway on Nov. 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm with 8 Comments »
November 29, 2010 12:41 pm

Recently those terrible days a year ago have been in the news. It helps in the healing process, and I for one cannot even begin to imagine what the families have been through and still deal with on a day-to-day basis.

As a community we all need to show that those fine young officers are forever in our thoughts and leave a blue light burning on our front porch or in our front window at night. Remember that their fellow officers are still out there protecting us all ever yday and every night and they need to see those blue lights burning.

Last year was a terrible year for our law enforcement community, so let’s all honor Timothy Brenton, Tina Griswold, Mark Renninger, Ronnie Owens, Greg Richards and Kent Mundell and leave that light on.

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Blue lights and blue stars are already in use, and have been for decades and decades to signify presently serving and former service members. You have seen the blue star highways? Please don’t dilute either meaning by usurping a presently used icon.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    A gold star with blue edge signifies a service member that has died. Families used to fly a service banner with one star for each family member so serving or deceased.

  3. Agreed with those who comment on the significance of the Blue Star. Though they may be better resources I refer the letter writer to the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_flag

    Nice gesture but…

  4. As I understand the circumstances of the slain officers. 2 were killed before they knew what was going on, 1 officer fought back and was mortally wounded but managed to shoot the killer, the other officer I have no idea what happened to. The officer that fought back deserves the Medal of Honor that was posthumously presented. But nobody has explained why the 2 officers whom were killed while they were still sitting were posthumously presented with the same honor. If they were presented with the medal for the simple fact that they were killed while drinking coffee. Then shouldn’t all the other officers that were killed in the line of duty be presented with Medals of Honor? I think presenting, at the very least, those two officers with Medals of Honor demeans the heroism exhibited by the officer that fought back.

  5. pazzo242 says:

    cheeno: Sorry you are such a negative person but all the officers deserved the Medal of Valor–not the “Medal of Honor”. The Medal of Honor is only given to military.

    The Medal of Valor is presented to an officer who:

    1) Takes a substantial risk when saving the life of another and the risk caused injury or could have caused injury that is life threatening, and
    2) An officer was injured to the extent of life threatening or was killed in the line of duty.

    There is no demeaning of the officer who fought back with the presentation of the Medal of Valor to all four. The officer who was able to fight back and wound the perpetrator is a hero, no doubt, and that was documented in the presentation of the medals to the families.

    As a recipient of the Medal of Valor from Tacoma Police Department I respect and honor all four of the officers and say there will never be too much honor we give them for their sacrifice. Keep in mind these officers were killed ONLY because they were police officers—no other reason.

    Your comment is what is demeaning to the memory of all four officers.

  6. pazzo242 says:

    BlaineCGarver says:
    “Blue lights and blue stars are already in use, and have been for decades and decades to signify presently serving and former service members. You have seen the blue star highways? Please don’t dilute either meaning by usurping a presently used icon.”

    If you read John’s letter he never mentions the blue star, probably because we all know it is used for the military, but the blue light has become an icon for this tragic event—no one is trying to “dilute” or usurp anything but emergency service person’s and military share a similar job—serving the public good at the risk of their own lives. So with your permission (or without it) I will turn on my blue light every night for both military in harms way and our local law enforcement.

  7. BlaineCGarver says:

    Feeling a little froggy, Pazzo ? <{:-)~

  8. BlaineCGarver says:

    Pazzo, however terse, is correct. But, in my defense, blue stars have been mentioned several times in other articles/letters. My bad, Pazzo, I did not read and I assumed facts not in evidence on this one…sorry.

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