Emergency Management

Oregon Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Washington Police
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 7th, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Flags to be lowered on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

(Salem) – Governor Ted Kulongoski today ordered all flags at public institutions be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in honor of the four Lakewood, Washington police officers who were killed in the line duty on November 29, 2009.

“Our public safety officers put their lives on the line everyday so that we can all feel safe and secure in our communities,” Governor Kulongoski said. “The tragedy in our sister state last weekend is a reminder of the courage and dedication of public safety officers in every community across America. We should lower our flags to honor those that were lost and those who continue to keep us safe every day.”

Contact:

Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169

Jillian Schoene, 503-378-5040

Rem Nivens, 503-378-6496

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PCTV to televise Lakewood police memorial
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 7th, 2009 at 5:06 AM

Pierce County TV (PCTV) will carry live coverage of the memorial service for the four fallen Lakewood police officers on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

PCTV plans to interrupt its regularly scheduled programming at approximately 1 p.m., when the memorial service is scheduled to begin.

The station will replay the memorial service at the following times

  Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

  Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m.

  Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

PCTV televises meetings of the Pierce County Council and the city councils in DuPont, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner and University Place, as well as the Sound Transit board, the Port of Tacoma Commission and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department board.

PCTV can be found on channel 22 on the Comcast and Click! cable systems, and channel 78 on Rainier Connect.

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Updated hotel list for Tacoma area for the Lakewood Officers Memorial
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 7th, 2009 at 4:18 AM

  • Murano Hotel,1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma,$89.00,888-862-3255
  • Tacoma Dome – Best Western, 2611 East E St., Tacoma, $79, 253-272- 7737
  • Emerald Queen Casino/Hotel,5700 Pacific Highway E, Fife, $39, 253-922-2000
  • Best Western Park Plaza, 620 South Hill Prk. Dr, Puyallup,$113, 253-848-1500
  • Holiday Inn Express, 812 South Hill Prk Dr, Puyallup, $113, 253-848-4900
  • Double Tree – Sea Tac, 18740 International Blvd., Seattle, $99, 206-433- 1881
  • Holiday Inn – Seatac, 17338 Internationalo Blvd, Seattle, $99, 206-428- 2102
  • Courtyard Tacoma – Downtown, 1515 Commerce St. , Tacoma, $113, 253- 591-9100
  • Silver Cloud Inn, 2317 N. Ruston Way, Tacoma, $113, 253- 272-1300
  • Red Lion Hotel, 8402 S. Hosmer St., Tacoma, $89, 253-548- 1212
  • Comfort Inn, 8620 S. Hosmer St., Tacoma, $99, 253-538-7998
  • Best Western Airport Executel Hotel, 20717 International Blvd, Seattle, $65, 206-878-3300
  • Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 South 176th Street, Seattle, $139, 206-241- 2000
  • Embassy Suites Hotel,15920 West Valley Highway, Seattle, $159, 425-227- 8844
  • Ramada,16720 International Blvd, Seattle, $49.99, 206-277-0700
  • Best Western Loyal Inn, 2301 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, $39, 206-682-0200
  • Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Avenue North, Seattle, $39,206-448- 9444
  • Sixth Avenue Inn, 2000 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, $39, 206-441-8300
  • King Oscar Hotel and Convention Center, 8726 S Hosmer St, Tacoma, $55, 253-539-1153
  • King Oscar Hotel and Convention Center, 8200 Quinault Drive Northeast, Lacey, $55, 360-438-3333
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 8203 South Hosmer, Tacoma, $59,253-539-2288
  • Bayment Events Suite in Fife, 5805 Pacific Highway East, Tacoma,$65,253-922-2500
  • Wesley Inn, 6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, $113, 253-858-9690
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 2500 136th Ave, Sumner, $79, 253-858-1111
  • Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, $69, 253-272-9457
  • La Quinta Inn, 1425 E 27th Street, Tacoma, $89, 253-272-9457
  • Shilo Inn & Suites, 7414 Hosmer St, Tacoma, $65, 253- 475-4020
  • Travelodge Tacoma, 3518 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, $40, 253-922- 0550 
  • Best Western Loyal Inn, 2301 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, $39, 206-682-0200
  • Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Avenue North, Seattle, $39,206-448- 9444
  • Sixth Avenue Inn, 2000 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, $39, 206-441-8300
  • King Oscar Hotel and Convention Center, 8726 S Hosmer St, Tacoma, $55, 253-539-1153
  • King Oscar Hotel and Convention Center, 8200 Quinault Drive Northeast, Lacey, $55, 360-438-3333
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 8203 South Hosmer, Tacoma, $59,253-539-2288
  • Bayment Events Suite in Fife, 5805 Pacific Highway East, Tacoma,$65,253-922-2500
  • Wesley Inn, 6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, $113, 253-858-9690
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 2500 136th Ave, Sumner, $79, 253-858-1111
  • Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, $69, 253-272-9457
  • La Quinta Inn, 1425 E 27th Street, Tacoma, $89, 253-272-9457
  • Shilo Inn & Suites, 7414 Hosmer St, Tacoma, $65, 253- 475-4020
  • Travelodge Tacoma, 3518 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, $40, 253-922- 0550
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Traffic Advisory – Plan ahead for SR 512 backups during Lakewood memorial procession
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 7th, 2009 at 3:30 AM

LAKEWOOD – Drivers should expect significant delays on westbound SR 512 at the intersection of South Tacoma Way from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 8 during the memorial procession for four Lakewood police officers. Alternate routes are strongly recommended and motorists should avoid the area if possible.

WSDOT will close left turn movements from westbound SR 512 to South Tacoma Way during the procession to reduce traffic backups. Access to I-5 from SR 512 will remain open.

The procession departs McChord Air Force Base at 10 a.m. and travels through Lakewood neighborhoods before ending at the Tacoma Dome for a 1 p.m. memorial service. WSDOT anticipates South Tacoma Way traffic backups onto westbound SR 512 beginning as early as 9:30 a.m. when South Tacoma Way is closed at 108th Street in Lakewood.

Drivers may also experience traffic congestion in both directions of I-5 at SR 512. The 26th Street off-ramp from southbound I-5 at the Tacoma Dome will also be closed during this time.

For more information on the memorial procession route, public transportation options to the Tacoma Dome and memorial service remote viewing sites, visit: http://www.piercecountywa.org.

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Media information for Lakewood Officers Memorial Procession and Ceremony, Dec. 8
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 5th, 2009 at 5:02 AM

Media calls on the day of the ceremony should be directed to 253-798- 7470. You will be directed to someone who can assist.

Planned media accessibility (PIOs will be staffing all of the following locations)

  The Lakewood Community Center (9112 Lakewood Dr. S.) will be accessible to media only. This is several blocks from the Lakewood Police Department (9401 Lakewood Dr. S), and should be the best view of the processional after the family members of the slain officers and the rest of the Lakewood Police Department join in. You are not required to view the processional from this location – we just wanted to provide an area with an unobstructed view. The sidewalk will be blocked for your use. Please note that once you are in this location, you will not be able to leave until the processional concludes. Approximate time of arrival: 10:30 a.m.

  Outside of McChord Air Force North Gate (the corner of South Tacoma Way and 112th St. E. in Lakewood) will be closest that civilians can get to the beginning of the procession. All the participants in the procession will be staging inside of the gates. Gates open at 6 a.m. for staging of vehicles. Procession begins at 10 a.m.

  The Tacoma Dome (2727 E. D St. in Tacoma) will have inside reserved seating for media – just inside the upper ‘A’ entrance. Doors will open at 11 a.m. There will be limited table space provided for reporters to work from in the Tacoma Dome. Press passes will not be issued. We just ask that you wear some type of visible ID.

There is a production company hired by broadcasters as a pool video/audio for the ceremony – no other television cameras will be allowed inside. There is also a designated pool for still photography. Any media outlets interested in photographs will be provided with a URL to access them. Photographer should report to the designated media area mentioned above and you will be escorted to the platforms down on the Dome floor. Once the ceremony begins, no one will be allowed to move around and take photos.

Radio Broadcasters – if you need to run any phone lines or install any other connections into the Dome’s audio system, please contact Jeff at (253) 593-7618 or John at (253) 593-7628 – if neither one is available the main office can work this for you, (253) 272-3663. All work must be complete by Monday night. You will not have access inside the Dome until 11 a.m.

  Parking Lot ‘D’ at the Tacoma Dome will be designated as a media-only parking area and should accommodate satellite trucks and vans. Please note that the other parking lots at the Tacoma Dome are reserved for the processional vehicles and then service vehicles. If you do not have heavy equipment, we ask that you find an alternative parking location or take advantage of the shuttles we have arranged.

  Pacific Lutheran University, Olson Auditorium (at the intersection of 124th St. South and 10th Ave. South in Parkland) is a remote site with video downlinking of the ceremony. Doors will open at 9 a.m.

  Christian Faith Center (33645 20th Ave. S. in Federal Way) is another remote site with video downlinking of the ceremony in south King County. Doors will open at 9 a.m.

  University of Washington – Tacoma, William Philips Hall (1914 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma) is a third remote site with video downlinking of the ceremony.Doors will open at 9 a.m.

Processional Order of Vehicles

(Subject to change – details of exact agencies and participants will be known the day of the processional as they sign in)

  Motorcade – all motorcycles

  Pierce County Police Agencies

  Lakewood Fire Department

  Pierce County Fire & EMS Agencies

  All other Police and Fire Agencies

When the procession reaches the Lakewood Police Department, the family motorcade with Lakewood motorcycles will pull out at the beginning of the procession, followed by the fallen officers’ patrol cars, family members of the officers, and then all of the Lakewood Police Department in their vehicles, followed by the above order of vehicles.

Program for the Lakewood Officers Memorial Ceremony

The first of the procession should arrive at the Tacoma Dome at approximately 11 to 11:15 a.m. The family of the slain officers and the Lakewood Police Department will be escorted to a waiting area, and the caskets of the fallen officers will be placed in the Tacoma Dome.

Members of the procession as well as other law enforcement and public safety personnel will then enter the Tacoma Dome to assigned seating areas. The Tacoma Dome will open its doors at 11 a.m.

The following is the schedule of events for the ceremony:

Invocation – Chaplain Dennis Fountain

Welcome Remarks – Mayor Doug Richardson, City of Lakewood

Remarks – Chief Bret Farrar, Lakewood Police Department

23rd Psalm – Chaplains Larry and Diane Huffman, Lakewood Fire Department

Prayer – Chaplain Alve Robbins

Comments by Family and Friends – Assistant Chief Mike Villa, Tukwila Police Department; Assistant Chief Michael Zaro, Lakewood Police Department; Pamella Battersby, Ronda LeFrancois, Austin Richards, Jami-Mae Richards

Memorial Video Presentation

Special Music – Lakewood Officer Gene Sievers “The Dance”

Remarks – Governor Christine Gregoire

Benediction – Chaplain Alve Robbins

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