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Lakewood memorial continues to grow

Post by Brent Champaco on Nov. 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm with 1 Comment »
November 30, 2009 7:50 pm

The mound of remembrances continues to grow at the Lakewood Police Station.

By 7 p.m. tonight, the flowers, balloons, candles, stuffed animals, wreaths and other tributes wrapped around the southwest corner of the Lakewood Police Station, where police had blocked off the entrance.

Hundreds of people, both Lakewood residents and non-residents, visited the site throughout today. In a sign of solidarity that only tragedy can bring, people of all ages, ethnicities and income levels stopped to pay tribute to the fallen officers.

Jordan Bailey, a Washington State Patrol trooper, took his family to the site despite the mist that began fall. He said the shooting of four Lakewood officers Sunday exemplifies how police risk their lives every time they go to work.

“People, truly deep down, have a passion for law enforcement and what we go through,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the scene of the shooting in Parkland, police opened Steele Street South from 112th and 116th around 6 p.m. tonight. The television news vans that were camped at a nearby gas station moved closer to the crime scene.

Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the incident command post has been moved to the Emergency Operations Center on 38th Street in Tacoma.

Lakewood, Parkland
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  1. comment_tayter says:

    There’s an interesting dynamic in this country. Perhaps it is not as strong as it once was, or perhaps it has become more hardened, a part of the polarization of society in the past twenty or so years. Many of us – and not criminals, either – haven’t cared very much for ‘cops’.

    Maybe it has to do with our independent streak: we don’t like others telling us what to do, or how to behave. Maybe it has something to do with a deep-rooted suspicion of ‘gubb’mint’ – a throw-back to our pioneering, self-regulatory, spirit.

    But there is no doubt that the people of Lakewood, myself included, love and appreciate the service that our Officers provide in keeping our streets habitable for decent folk.

    Press on, LPD. Shed your tears. Bury your comrades. We won’t forget your sacrifice.

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