TACOMA, WA – The Lakewood Police Department will kick off their 3rd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive tomorrow, Nov. 29. An opening ceremony featuring Governor-elect Jay Inslee as keynote speaker will be held at the Lakewood Police Station located at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW.
Lakewood City Mayor Doug Richardson will open the event at 8 a.m. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will speak and introduce Governor-elect Inslee, and closing remarks will be given by Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar. The Seattle Police Pipe and Drum band will perform. Fallen officers from all over the state are being honored.
Volunteers, JBLM soldiers and police employees will be on hand to accept food or cash donations. The drive will continue through December 7 and benefits the Emergency Food Network. Food and cash donations can be dropped off at the Lakewood Police Department, any Pierce County Library branch, all Heritage Bank locations within Pierce County, the Lakewood Ace Hardware and at several other local businesses.
Donations can be made directly to the Emergency Food Network’s website, www.efoodnet.org, or by texting the word “Hunger” to 85944 and a $10 donation will be billed to the donor’s cell phone provider. This can be done up to five times a day. Last year the drive brought in approximately $35,000 and 34,000 pounds of food.
The event takes place on the third anniversary of the deaths of Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens. The four were gunned down by Maurice Clemmons on November 29, 2009, as they began their shift at a Parkland coffee shop.
Three days later, Clemmons was killed by a Seattle Police Officer. Six defendants were convicted of assisting Maurice Clemmons, including getaway driver Dorcus Allen who is serving four consecutive life sentences.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Stover at (253) 798-4910, [email protected].