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KILLINGS: Memorial marred by misspelling

Letter by Alison Mahnken, Tacoma on Nov. 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm with 7 Comments »
November 29, 2010 4:46 pm

Like hundreds of others today, I visited the Forza coffee shop in Parkland to remember and extend my heartfelt respect to the fallen four and view the memorial.

The prayerful and tender repose under solemn gray skies befitting mournful moments was abruptly disrupted upon taking notice of an officer’s name. On the memorial, it is written Mark Rennenger.

His last name is Renninger.

There is no place for sloppy and careless work on a memorial for the enormous tragedy and loss for the men and women in blue who serve and protect, for their families, our community and the state.

Neither is there room for the excuse that the misspelling of a fallen officer was unintentional.

I’m appalled and saddened that this first anniversary of a day of untold and unimaginable loss, grief, shock and violence has been marred by someone who didn’t bother to take the time to assure that the name of a murdered officer was spelled correctly.

I will wince every time I view and think about the memorial.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Umm…I’m looking at a picture of the memorial right now, with the spelling “Renninger”.

    I sure wouldn’t want to make a mistake in the presence of Alison..

  2. My heart goes out to the families of the officers as well.

    I assume you reported the misspelling to the manager. I am sure the memorial will be corrected, so you will be able to look at it without wincing.

    I may be mistaken, but I thought those memorial plaques were placed in the Forza coffee shops prior to this date. So only one person noticed the misspelling as of today?

  3. Cheryl Tucker says:

    loz: I think the photo you’re looking at is of the memorial at Lakewood Police Dept. headquarters. Alison is referring to the Forza memorial.

  4. I just don’t think the end result is justified. Someone made a mistake..

    The work may have been “sloppy”, but someone made it to honor them. I consider this letter very rude.

  5. pazzo242 says:

    “I will wince every time I view and think about the memorial”—Wince away, but I choose to salute the memorial because I respect what it stands for and still know, despite the spelling error, that Mark’s name is emblazon on the memorial.

    Please, Allison (wince, wince) get over yourself.

  6. This is one reason why I have of late, made myself scarce in these comments and posts. I have grown so weary in this town, and its “news” paper, of so many people, finding fault and grief with the smallest details.

    Everyone it seems, has a gripe to whine and a grief to share.

    Frankly if a visitor from out of town based their impressions on these forums, they’d think, “What a bunch of whiny, miserable dolts!”

  7. Concernedfather says:

    That was an expensive error.

    Perhaps an addition of a small plaque could be added that explains: “Correction: This beautiful memorial contains a typo, Mark Renninger’s name is misspelled; as pointed out by Alison Mankin”

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