Ceremony follows tough year for police and their families
OLYMPIA – The Washington state Law Enforcement Medal of Honor/Peace Officers’ Memorial ceremony will be held in Olympia on Friday.
Since 1854, more than 290 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in Washington state. In the last year alone, seven officers lost their lives. Several others were seriously injured.
Governor Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna will award 14 law enforcement officers the Medal of Honor – Washington state’s highest law enforcement award. The medal is given to officers who made the ultimate sacrifice or have displayed exceptionally meritorious conduct.
1 p.m. on May 7, 2010
Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia
The ceremony is open to the public but space is very limited. TVW will televise the ceremony (check your local listings) and provide a live stream at TVW.org. TV stations are welcome to use TVW’s feed, provided they credit TVW for the footage. Satellite coordinates may be found here.
The following officers will receive medals posthumously:
- Deputy Stephen Michael Gallagher Jr., Lewis County Sheriff’s Office
- Officer Timothy Q. Brenton, Seattle Police Department
- Sergeant Mark J. Renninger, Lakewood Police Department
- Officer Tina Mae Gail Griswold, Lakewood Police Department
- Officer Ronald W. Owens, Lakewood Police Department
- Officer Gregory J. Richards, Lakewood Police Department
- Deputy Walter Kent Mundell Jr., Pierce County Sheriff’s Office
The following officers will receive medals for serious injury:
- Officer Britt Sweeney, Seattle Police Department
- Deputy William E. Cortani, Jr., Clallam County Sheriff’s Office
- Sergeant Nicholas J. Hausner, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office
The following officers will receive for meritorious conduct:
- Sergeant Gary Nelson, Seattle Police Department
- Sergeant Robert Vallor, Seattle Police Departmen
- Detective Rolf Norton; Seattle Police Department
- Officer Benjamin Kelly, Seattle Police Department
The ceremony is coordinated by the Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Committee and the Behind the Badge Foundation.
Deputy Stephen Michael Gallagher Jr.
Officer Timothy Q. Brenton
Sergeant Mark J. Renninger
Officer Tina Mae Gail Griswold
Officer Ronald W. Owens
Officer Gregory J. Richards
Deputy Walter Kent Mundell Jr.
Officer Britt Sweeney
Deputy William E. Cortani Jr.
Sergeant Nicholas J. Hausner
Sergeant Gary Nelson
Sergeant Robert Vallor
Detective Rolf Norton
Officer Benjamin Kelly
Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725