Seattle editorial photographer | Lakewood Police Memorial
I was hired by SeattlePI.com to photograph the memorial service December 8th for the 4 slain Lakewood, WA police officers, gunned down in late November. The officers were starting their day in an area cafe, when a gunman entered and shot them. What an incredibly sad story. For a variety of reasons, this was one of the most challenging assignments I have taken in some time. Emotions were palpable, access was limited, security was heightened, and it was below freezing temperatures that morning in Tacoma.
20,000 police officers and members of the armed forces came from across the country to witness the ceremony. Nearly 2000 cars drove in the procession from McChord Airforce Base to Tacoma. Outside, and in the shadow of an enormous U.S. flag, the officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder for hundreds of feet, and saluted the passing hearses and police vehicles. It was a sight to behold. An hour later and the ceremony moved inside to a hushed Tacoma Dome.
The mood was somber and the tones silenced as the four caskets were rolled in, and I will never forget that feeling as 20,000 people also stood looking on. It was an assignment that I will not soon forget.
As a Seattle news photographer, I take the responsibility seriously to do these stories real justice, and to honor those involved. It was a privilege to be there.
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