Yesterday evening, Lt. Governor Habib paid tribute to those who have lost their lives serving as law enforcement officers at the Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial. This annual event presents an opportunity to recognize the profound sacrifices of both Pierce County law enforcement officers, and of their families, by honoring all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1855.
The Memorial highlighted the service of a variety of agencies in the county, including Pierce County’s 16 police departments; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals; the National Park Service; and the 42nd Military Police Brigade of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The Lt. Governor held a moment of silence for the county’s most recent law enforcement loss, that of Officer R. Jacob (Jake) Gutierrez of the Tacoma Police Department. Officer Gutierrez, who served the Tacoma Police Department for 17 years, was shot and killed last year while responding to a domestic violence call.
Lt. Governor Habib acknowledged the bravery of both those in uniform, and of the families who support them – the officers who demonstrate bravery and selflessness in their everyday work, and the families who maintain a spirit of resilience against personal loss. He concluded that this annual memorial provides a powerful reminder of Pierce County’s long history of sacrifice and fortitude, which has contributed for decades to the community.