County councilman proposes memorial for fallen deputies
April 2, 2013
King County Councilman Reagan Dunn’s proposal to honor the 15 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty passed unanimously through the County Council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee.
There is currently no memorial in the county recognizing the deputies’ sacrifices. Dunn’s proposal suggests creating one within the King County Courthouse.
“Remembering, honoring and memorializing the deputies in the King County Sheriff’s Office that have given the ultimate sacrifice is a fitting tribute,” Dunn said in a statement. “This memorial is the right thing to do, and I look forward to working with Sheriff Urquhart and the King County Police Officers Guild to help create an appropriate memorial worthy of these 15 heroes.”
King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog was killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.
“The city of Newcastle will never forget the sacrifice of Deputy Richard Herzog, who lost his life while protecting the public in 2002,” Mayor Rich Crispo said. “This proposed memorial is another example of our shared conviction that Deputy Herzog and his fellow 14 members of the King County’s Sheriff’s Office killed in the line of duty will never be forgotten.”
In 2012, the city honored the 10-year anniversary of Herzog’s death with a special Police Day in the Park event.
The city of Newcastle put its full support behind the proposal in a letter addressed to the King County Council.
“I can think of no better way to show our respect to Deputy Herzog, by passing the proposed King County memorial ordinance,” Crispo wrote in the letter.
The proposed ordinance calls on County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Sheriff John Urquhart to develop a proposal for the creation of the memorial by June 1.
The proposal should state where it would be located, a method to solicit potential designs for the display, a possible schedule for completion and a budget or potential funding sources for its construction.
The ordinance will now be sent to the full County Council for discussion and final action.
On the Web
Learn more about the 15 King County Sheriff’s Office deputies killed in the line of duty, including Deputy Richard Herzog, at www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff/About/Remembrance.aspx.