Lakewood, Washington | On Sunday, November 29, 2009, four Lakewood Police Officers were enjoying a nice cup of coffee, using their laptops and preparing for their shift to begin – when the unthinkable happened. A lone gunman walked into the former Forza Coffee Company in Parkland and opened fire then fled the scene. All four Officers were murdered.
A two-day manhunt took place searching for the male suspect spanning over several cities in Washington State. The murder suspect who arrived in Seattle would later be shot and killed by a Seattle Police Officer after orders for him to stop were ignored.
The incident would come one month after Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton was ambushed while he and a new Officer sat in their patrol car, putting many and those who support them on edge.
The story of the Lakewood Four was plastered all over the news, papers, online and all over Social Media. Watching in horror of something like this happening affected all of us. A memorial quickly grew remembering the slain Officers. To this day, 9th year anniversary – we still will not forget nor can we ever.
This is article is dedicated to their memory and all of the Fallen Officers in the History of Law Enforcement.
Please take a moment and remember these great Heroes In Blue, for their Bravery and Courage to Serve, Dedication and Service to their communities and their Legacy they left behind.
Tomorrow, we ask that you please remember the 4 Officers and their brothers and sisters that continue to Service all over Washington State, their brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement all over the United States and around the Globe and to the Officers’ families, friends, colleagues and those who were touched by this senseless tragedy.
“May you all know that we are SO sorry for their lives being taken away all too soon. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. We will remember their Lives and everything they stood for.” – LR Swenson
When you see a Police Officer, please let them know how much you appreciate them. Though we know they don’t serve to be recognized but because they feel they are making an impact in this world and giving thanks to them is the least we can do in recognizing their Courage, Bravery, Dedication and Service.
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