Lakewood and its police department have two simple words for the countless people—police officers, residents, business owners—who supported them through the worst of tragedies:
The city erected two giant 18-foot-by-30-foot messages to the community this week thanking them for their support following the shooting deaths of four Lakewood officers at a Parkland coffee shop Nov. 29.
“It’s for everybody,” Police Chief Bret Farrar said.
The deaths of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards produced a wave of support, generosity and appreciation from South Sound and beyond, city officials said.
In the months after shootings, the city and its police tried to figure out the best way—and more importantly the best time—to show their heartfelt appreciation.
Clear Channel Outdoor donated the billboards and the space for the messages. The first went up Monday at 116th Street South and Spanaway Loop road in Parkland; the other was scheduled to go up Monday or today at Steilacoom Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood.
The company is also putting up thank you messages on four of its digital billboards in Kent.
The billboards are expected to stay up for about a month.