Emergency Management

Photos from Deputy Shandon Wright’s Memorial
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 11th, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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More details for Deputy Shandon Wright’s memorial
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 9th, 2011 at 4:44 PM

On Friday, March 11, the public is invited to attend the memorial service for Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Shandon Wright. The service is being held at the Champions Centre, 1819 E. 72nd St. in Tacoma. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for the 1 p.m. ceremony.

There will be not be a procession, but there will be a small family motorcade to escort Wright’s family from Lipoma Firs Golf Course in Graham to the Champions Centre, where they will arrive at approximately noon.

A five-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, Wright died last Thursday, less than 24 hours after undergoing shoulder surgery for an injury suffered during an on-duty assault last August.  The 29-year-old deputy leaves behind his wife, Janessa, and 3-year-old daughter.

The program includes remarks from Wright’s father, his best friend, and several of his colleagues, as well as Sheriff Paul Pastor and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. Governor Christine Gregoire will be presenting the Washington State flag to Wright’s family. Click here to view Deputy Shandon Wright Memorial Program.

Donations to Wright’s family can be made at the Pierce County Deputies Guild website, www.pcdsguild.com.

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Flower deliveries for Deputy Wright’s memorial
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 8th, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Flower deliveries for Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Shandon Wright will be accepted this Thursday and Friday at the Champions Centre, where Wright’s memorial will be held. There will be staff on-hand to accept the flowers from noon to 4 p.m. on March 10, and from 8 to 10 a.m. on March 11. The service will begin later that day at 1 p.m.

The address for the Champions Centre is 1819 E. 72nd St., 98404.

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Memorial service set for Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Shandon Wright
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 7th, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Deputy Shandon Wright

The memorial service for Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Shandon Wright will be held on Friday, March 11,  at 1 p.m. at the Champions Centre, located at 1819 E. 72nd St. in Tacoma.

Deputy Wright died on Thursday, March 3,  less than 24 hours after undergoing shoulder surgery for an injury suffered during an on-duty assault last August.

Deputy Shandon Wright was 29 years old, and is survived by a wife and young daughter. Deputy Wright was a five-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Donations to Wright’s family can be made at the Pierce County Deputies Guild website, www.pcdsguild.com.

Deputy Shandon Wright with school kids

Deputy Shandon Wright with school kids

There will be a public viewing 3 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW  in Lakewood.

There will be no procession. A motorcade will escort the family and friends of the Wrights to the memorial. Parking for Deputy Wright’s Memorial at the Champion Centre will be limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

For more information, contact Sheri Badger, Pierce County Emergency Management, at 253-798-1509

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Train cleanup continues in UP
Posted By Hunter George on Feb 27th, 2011 at 7:19 PM

The Coast Guard, Department of Ecology, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company and contractors are continuing to respond to a train derailment south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in University Place that occurred Saturday at approximately 8 p.m.

Fourteen rail cars derailed, four of which contain sodium hydroxide. Two separate fittings on one tank car leaked approximately 50 gallons of sodium hydroxide solution onto the shoreline. One leak has been plugged and the other leak is being contained.

At low tide, all 14 rail cars are out of the water.  At high tide, five rail cars are in approximately one foot of water.  The leaking sodium hydroxide solution did not come in contact with the tide.

Photos of the derailed train cars are available here.

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Denning, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, and Ron Holcomb with the Department of Ecology reported that the threat to public safety and health from the chemical is negligible at this time. Pierce County has closed off trails and a pedestrian bridge near the area due to the on-site activity.

The Coast Guard has issued a broadcast notice to mariners alerting boaters to stay out of the area.  The Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark is patrolling the area to ensure boaters keep a safe distance from the incident site.  A Coast Guard helicopter flew over the area at 8:40 a.m. and reported that there were no visible signs that the sodium hydroxide solution was leaking into the water.

Each of the four tank cars contains approximately 15,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide solution, which will be pumped out of the tank cars prior to the cars being removed from the shoreline.

Gus Melonas, a representative from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, said both train lines were expected to be open later Sunday.  The cause of the derailment remained under investigation.

For additional information contact Lt. Jon Lane at (206) 484-5087.

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