The medal of honor ceremony — for law enforcement officers who were killed or seriously injured in the line of duty — started off with a quote from Winston Churchill: He “once said that all great things are simple and many can be expressed in single words: justice, honor, duty, and I would add courage.”
After the bagpipe procession,Patti Lankford, a retired Washington State Patrol Officer, sang the national anthems of the U.S. and Canada to the crowd of hundreds of officers, family members and others in the audience. During the prayer, John Roberts, pastor at Moses Lake Christian Church, prayed for the officers who have been killed and wounded and said their service is honorable.
Lewis Co. Chief Chandra Brady: “It goes without saying that 2009 was a horrific year for law enforcement. In Washington state, we lost seven men and women,” she said. “The names here on this memorial, these names are our reality. These men and women suited up everyday, just like you and I, to make a difference.” She said the officers’ attendance today was a testament that a difference has been made. She said she challenged everyoene to remember the officers, their families and their agencies.
Now, for the “roll call of honor” — the reading aloud of each officer’s name. The officers who died in duty are:
Deputy Stephen (Mike) Gallagher, Jr., Lewis Co. Sheriff’s Office
Officer Timothy Q. Brenton, Seattle Police Department
Sergeant Mark J. Renninger, Lakewood Police Department
Officer Tina G. Griswold, Lakewood Police Department
Officer Ronald W. Owens III, Lakewood Police Department
Officer Gregory J. Richards, Lakewood Police Department
Deputy W. Kent Mundell, Jr., Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Department
Now, Gov. Chris Gregoire will speak. Continue to read after the jump. (more…)