December 8, 2009 in City

going to honor their own

Area law enforcement, fire officials head to Tacoma for services for four slain Lakewood police officers
By The Spokesman-Review
Kathy Plonka photo

Patrol Deputy Gavin Brodwater, of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, prepares to depart from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department on Monday as part of a North Idaho law enforcement caravan to Western Washington for the funeral of four slain Lakewood, Wash., officers.
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Dozens of law enforcement and fire officials from across the Inland Northwest are expected to attend today’s memorial for four slain Lakewood, Wash., police officers.

The Spokane Police Honor Guard traveled with officers from the Cheney Police Department to Western Washington on Monday.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Honor Guard was joined by representatives of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, the Post Falls Police Department and the Idaho State Police in a procession Monday as they traveled to the service, which will be held in the Tacoma Dome. Most law enforcement agencies in Eastern Washington are sending representatives to the service.

At least two dozen Spokane police employees will attend, said Officer Tim Moses.

“I know a lot of people took off on their own time to go over there,” Moses said.

One of the slain officers, Tina Griswold, was the sister of Tiffiny Ryan, who works in the Spokane police records division.

The memorial is expected to draw an estimated 20,000 officers from police delegations as far away as New York.

The four officers were gunned down in a coffee shop before the start of their shift.

Besides Griswold, 40, Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and Officers Ronald Owens, 37, and Greg Richards, 42, were killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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