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Slain officers honored

The honor guard arrives Friday for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor/Peace Officers Memorial ceremony.

OLYMPIA – After the bugler played “Taps”, the bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” and the honor guard was dismissed Friday, Marjorie Petersen and Manuel de Encio went to the state Law Enforcement Memorial to get graphite rubbings of the newest name on the stone monument.
Their friend and co-worker, Monroe Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl, was the first person killed in the line of duty in a Washington prison in more than 30 years. Department of Corrections officers in their dress uniforms joined immaculately attired police, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and even red-jacketed Canadian Mounties in the honor guard.
“It’s kind of a change in our culture,” said Petersen, a corrections officer, as de Encio, a volunteer at the installation made some final pencil swipes over the paper that showed Biendl’s name and date of death. Some security changes have already been made, and more are on the way, she said…

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Law officers honored

OLYMPIA – Washington marked the deadliest year for law enforcement in generations with bag pipes and drums, prayers and speeches, and the posthumous awarding of seven Medals of Honor Friday.
Law enforcement officers from cities and counties around Washington joined state troopers and Royal Canadian Mounties in donning dress uniforms and marching past the state Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Campus overlooking the lake and Budd Inlet to the Puget Sound. Bagpipers played “Amazing Grace,” a bugler played “Taps” and a line of seven state troopers fired three volleys.
As several hundred law enforcement officials and family members watched, Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna presented medals to the families of seven officers killed in 2009, and three to officers seriously injured.

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