Linda Fishbaugh stood in silence in front of the makeshift memorial in front of the Lakewood Police Station today.
The mound of flowers, balloons, candles and badges from other police departments paid tribute to the four Lakewood police officers who were gunned down Sunday at a Parkland coffee shop.
Fishbaugh, of Lakewood, knew one of the officers – Tina Griswold — through her son and the Clover Park School District. She said visiting the memorial was the least she could do to pay her respect. Like most of the country, she heard about the shootings and the officers’ identities from the television news.
“When they said a female officer, my heart just dropped,” Fishbaugh said.
The shooting continue to reverberate through Lakewood, where people know some officers on a first-name basis. Although it’s Pierce County’s second-largest city, Lakewood is tight-knit, and residents such as Fishbaugh have lived here since before its incorporation in 1996.
The memorial at the feet of the Lakewood police station was one of the tributes erected throughout the community, where flags flew at half-staff. The Starbucks at Lakewood Towne Center placed a sympathy card on which customers could leave their sympathies.
“My heart goes out to the families,” one person wrote. “This is such a tragedy. May your souls rest in perfect eternal peace.”
The staff at the Starbucks placed the cards out this morning. The officers were regular customers, and one of the baristas spoke to an officer right before Thanksgiving.
“It hits everybody,” employee Coco Konstantinos said.
Check back today to read about other ways Lakewood is remembering its four fallen officers.