Memorial for fallen deputies comes closer to fruition

October 1, 2013

By Staff

A physical tribute to fallen deputies is one step closer to reality, after the Metropolitan King County Council received a Sept. 16 report containing a plan to establish a memorial inside the King County Courthouse.

The memorial would honor the 16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty since the department was established in 1852.

Among them is King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog, who was killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle in 2002. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.

Newcastle police officer Richard Herzog

Newcastle police officer Richard Herzog

“Creating this memorial to honor our fallen members of the sheriff’s department is the right thing to do,” Councilman Reagan Dunn, the prime sponsor of the ordinance, said in a news release. “These 16 heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the residents of King County, and I’m very thankful this memorial is one step closer to being built.”

The report calls for the memorial to be placed in the King County Courthouse near the sheriff’s offices. It also details the potential design, using a granite or marble backdrop with glass plaques.

“The use of stone, glass and lighting will be consistent with the historical character of the courthouse interior and with other memorials in the building,” said the report compiled by the Sheriff’s Office and the County Facilities Management Division.

The memorial, which is likely to cost anywhere from about $37,000 to $50,000, can be funded through the King County Charitable Campaign.

Construction on the memorial is anticipated in the second half of 2014. The County Council will get a chance to see the final design before it is installed.

“The proposed memorial will be a fitting tribute to those in the Sheriff’s Office who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” Sheriff John Urquhart said in the release. “I thank Councilmember Dunn and the entire King County Council for working together to make this happen.”

The city of Newcastle put its full support behind the initial proposal in an April 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,” Mayor Rich Crispo wrote.

Dunn, who represents Newcastle on the County Council, specifically thanked the city for its support of the memorial.

“Their support is illustrative of the city of Newcastle’s pledge to never forget the sacrifice of Deputy Richard Herzog, who tragically lost his life in 2002,” he said.

There is currently no memorial in the county recognizing the deputies’ sacrifices.

Learn more about the 16 King County Sheriff’s Office deputies killed in the line of duty, including Herzog, at www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff/About/Remembrance.aspx.

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