Every year since 2009 the Lakewood Police Department has held its Fallen Officer Food Drive to honor the memory of our four officers killed in the line of duty on Nov. 29, 2009, as well as the memory of all officers lost in the line of duty.
A few years ago a blood drive to benefit Bloodworks Northwest was added to support this valuable community partner and help save lives through blood donation.
We cannot think of a more appropriate way to honor Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Gregory Richards, and all officers lost in the line of duty, than by giving back these life-saving essentials to the communities they served.
In year’s past the food and blood drive has been held on Nov. 29, the day of the shootings, but this year the drive will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in consideration of the 29th being the day after Thanksgiving.
Volunteers and members of the Lakewood Police Department, as well as our friends from West Pierce Fire & Rescue and other law enforcement agencies, will be outside the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW, from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. accepting monetary donations and non-perishable food items. All items collected will be donated to the Emergency Food Network in Lakewood.
If you are unable to make it Tuesday, Nov. 26, starting Monday, Nov. 18 there will be food bins located at the police station, Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW), Classy Chassis (7701 Custer Road W), Firehouse Subs (5700 100th Street SW), Lakewood YMCA (9715 Lakewood Drive SW), Classic Coffee, (4828 Bridgeport Way W. Suite D, University Place) and Blue Steele Coffee (11401 Steetle St. S), for people to drop off items. Monetary donations can also be made online at the police department’s Facebook page fundraising site, or mailed directly to Emergency Food Network, 3318 92nd Street South, Lakewood, WA 98499. Please write Fallen Officer Food Drive in the memo line.
Bloodworks Northwest will be at the police station Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up for an appointment online.
The University of Washington-Tacoma Police Department is also hosting a blood drive in support of our Fallen Four. The event is
While we have remembered our fallen officers every day since 2009 and continue to honor them annually with the food drive, as we approach the 10 year anniversary of their deaths we know this milestone carries added significance not only for our law enforcement family, but also our community.
To honor our Fallen Four, a short ceremony is planned at Blue Steele Coffee at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29. The public is invited to join us to mark this solemn milestone and to take time to appreciate how fragile life is and how important it is to recognize our loved ones before it is too late.Print This Post