Lakewood To Commemorate Three-Year Anniversary Of Officer Shootings With Ceremony, Food Drive

Governor-Elect Jay Inslee, Mayor Doug Richardson and others will commemorate the shootings with a ceremony at the Lakewood Police Department, followed by the kickoff of the 3rd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive.

Three years ago, the community of Lakewood experienced one of its darkest days.

It lost four of the people who swore to protect it:

They were gunned down at a Forza just outside of town, a coffee shop that has since changed ownership and its name to which pays tribute to them and other law enforcement who've lost their lives.

The community continues to heal, but it will never forget the people who died Nov. 29, 2009.

On Thursday, to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the shootings, officials, elected leaders and residents will gather in front of the Lakewood Police Department to remember.

Governor-Elect Jay Inslee will be the keynote speaker. Mayor Doug Richardson, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and others will join in the commemoration. The ceremony begins at 8 a.m.

After that, Lakewood Police will kick off its 3rd Annual Fallen Oficers Food Drive.

Below is the full press release from the City of Lakewood:

Lakewood Police will kick off the 3rd annual food drive in memory of Fallen Officers on November 29th with Governor-Elect Jay Inslee as keynote speaker.

Lakewood, WA. November 27, 2012:  

The Lakewood Police Department will be kicking off the 3rd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive on November 29th, 2012.  An opening ceremony will be held at the Lakewood Police Station located at 9401 Lakewood Drive Southwest. 

Lakewood City Mayor Doug Richardson will open the event at 8:00 AM and will be joined by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, Governor-Elect Jay Inslee, and First Gentleman Mike Gregoire.  Chief Farrar will have closing remarks.

The food drive will begin at the Lakewood Police Station following the ceremony.  Volunteers, JBLM soldiers and police employees will be on hand to accept food or cash donations.  The Seattle Police Pipe and Drum band will also be performing at the event.

Brent Champaco November 30, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Hi Vanessa, I spoke with EFN Director Helen McGovern, who said yes, EFN's reaches food banks throughout Pierce County, including University Place. Don't know if that answers your question, but I hope it helps.
S A November 30, 2012 at 02:54 AM
... http://www.efoodnet.org/ ... Many Food Banks will serve anyone in Pierce County regardless of zip code. They can always use volunteers to help with many types of projects ... From food drives to helping at Mother Earth Farms to Repacking fresh, frozen and dry bulk products into family sized bags. 253-584-1040 ... 253-597-6685 ...
Vanessa Zumwalt November 30, 2012 at 03:23 AM
S A - as far as our UP residents who are in need of food bank assistance--yes there are food banks, outside of UP, who will serve anyone in Pierce County. However, if our city residents do not have a car to travel outside of UP it makes it very difficult for them to reach those distant food banks. Yes, they could struggle home, on the bus, laden with a bag or two of food. This will become harder as the Pierce County Transit System is going to cut (or eliminate) bus service throughout the county. As far as my volunteering for help repack bulk products--I'm a senior citizen, just had open back surgery 2-1/2 weeks ago and have limited range of motion in my dominate arm due to a bad break last year. After all, SOMEONE (read ME) has to donate food and money instead of volunteering their time. As I said before, if you have money and little time--donate; if you have time but little money--volunteer.
Vanessa Zumwalt November 30, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Brent, It is good to know that some of the donations will reach UP. Thank you for taking the time to check on that for me. As I replied to S A, our residents may not have a car to travel to a distant food bank and must rely on University Place's food bank. Also, it cannot be easy to ride a bus while trying to carry a bag or two of food. Thank you again.
S A November 30, 2012 at 03:23 PM
... http://www.efoodnet.org/ ... This info is for anyone who may not know about the programs. If a person calls any of the food bank locations and tells them of their needs, "maybe" arrangements can be made for a volunteer to deliver some items? http://www.efoodnet.org/resources/delivery-food-banks/ ... http://www.efoodnet.org/resources/food-banks-by-zip-code/ ... http://www.efoodnet.org/resources/hot-meal-sites/ ... Meals on Wheels: 253-474-1300 or 253-272-8433 ...


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