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Griswold’s sister traveling to Lakewood today

TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2009, 1:08 P.M.

The sister of slain Lakewood police officer Tina Griswold said she’s relieved to know that suspect Maurice Clemmons has been killed.

“We didn’t realize it before, but we needed Clemmons to be caught for us to move on,” Tiffiny Ryan said in a prepared statement released by the Spokane Police Department, where she works in the records division.

Ryan and her family, including her fiance, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Beau Vucinich, are traveling to Lakewood today.

The Spokane lodge of the state Fraternal Order of Police is helping Ryan and her family pay for the trip. The lodge set up a donation account at the Spokane Law Enforcement Credit Union, 924 W. Sinto Ave., in Ryan’s name.

“If you can find it in your heart to assist now, today, please go to the SLECU and make a contribution,” Cpl. Jon Strickland said in a news release.

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