Issaquah, King County commemorate Police Week

May 15, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4:30 p.m. May 15, 2012

King County Council members joined municipalities throughout the United States to proclaim May 13-19 as Police Week.

The proclamation, issued Monday, also recognizes law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including Pierce County Deputy Shandon Wright, Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson and Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu.

Local Councilman Reagan Dunn sponsored the proclamation. (Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.)

“We cannot thank the brave men and women of law enforcement enough for what they do every day,” he said in a statement. “Honoring our sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies by designating this week as Police Week is a small thing we can do to show our support and stand with these officers that keep us safe day in and day out.”

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week around the date as Police Week.

Officials lowered the flag at Issaquah City Hall to half-staff Tuesday for Peace Officers Memorial Day.

“I am proud to recognize our law enforcement officers. These dedicated men and women lay their lives on the line every day to protect public safety,” Councilman Bob Ferguson said in a statement. “As a community, we are forever grateful to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.”

(Dunn, a Republican, is running for state attorney general against Ferguson, a Democrat.)

“Since 1853, the King County Sheriff’s Office has had 15 members killed in the line of duty,” King County Sheriff Steve Strachan said in a statement. “Every day we remember the sacrifices that they and their families made for their community that we continue to serve in their honor.”

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