This afternoon at 1 p.m., our community will honor the life and service of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Dom Calata. The Celebration of Life will be held at the Church for all Nations, located at 111 112th St E, Tacoma WA 98444. The service will be open to the public, however because of limited space, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public to attend at the satellite location, which will be set up at the Champions Centre located at 1819 E 72nd St, Tacoma WA 98404. The service will also be available via livestream online at www.piercecountywa.gov/deputycalata.
Deputy Calata was deeply connected to our community. He lived in Puyallup, spent much of his time in the Sheriff’s Department working out of the South Hill precinct, and was most recently assigned as a deputy serving the Edgewood Police Department. He was beloved by the people of Edgewood for his kindness and his caring spirit.
In addition to his service in the Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Calata served in the Army on active duty for seven years, first as an armor officer and then as an intelligence officer. He then entered service in the Washington National Guard, where he rose to the rank of major. You can see a video profile about Deputy Calata that was recorded for Veteran’s Day in 2018 here: KBTC Heart For Service.
As part of a video series called “Storytime with a Sheriff,” Deputy Calata read a book entitled Moon in April 2020. You can watch that video here: Pierce County Sheriff's Department - Storytime with a Sheriff: Deputy Calata.
A legacy fund has been established in memory of Deputy Dom Calata, in partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers. 100% of all funds will go directly to Deputy Calata's wife and young son. You can Donate Here.
Memorials are set up in front of the PCSD South Hill Precinct (271 John Bananola Way E) and the Edgewood Police Department (2224 104th Ave E). The public can leave flowers or messages, or even just gather to show support.
Supporting Law Enforcement
We on the Pierce County Council can and must do more to show our support for our county law enforcement professionals. In a time of rising crime, we owe it not only to our Sheriff’s deputies but to the citizens of our community to prioritize public safety in our funding and policy decisions. In the coming weeks, I plan to share some specific ways that County government can strengthen and protect public safety.
As always, please share any ideas or input that you have.
What’s on your mind?
Please contact me with any concerns or ideas you have anytime. You can reach me by phone at 253-798-2222 or send me an email at [email protected].
All the best,