It was one of the most heartbreaking events in Western Washington. On November 29, 2009, four Lakewood police officers were murdered in cold blood as they sat in a coffee shop, planning the day ahead.
In the weeks that followed, the outpouring from the community was overwhelming. People donated money, food for the families of the fallen officers, and toys for their kids.
Over the past three years, the needs of those families have been met. But the community's desire to give back has not diminished.
So, three years to the day since those horrific killings, the Fallen Officers Food Drive will collect items for the hungry across our area, while honoring the memories of the Lakewood Four and others.
“The Food Drive has grown to honor all officers who died in the line of duty and is a way for law enforcement to give back to their communities,” said officer Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department.
The popularity of the drive has now spread from its Lakewood home of Pierce County north to Snohomish and Skagit Counties and beyond.
“This is something that’s so important to do, not just to remember our fallen officers, but to help our neighbors in need,” said Shannon Sessions, spokeswoman for the Lynnwood Police Department.
To mark the anniversary, officers will accept donations on November 29 at the Lakewood Police Department. In Snohomish and Skagit Counties, the drive occurs from November 26 through December 2 at various locations. The public is welcome to drop off food and/or cash donations at the agencies and community partners listed below, during normal business hours.
The Fallen Officers Food Drive donations will go to local food networks who serve those in need.
For Pierce County dates and drop-off locations, visit this Facebook page.
In Snohomish and Skagit Counties:
The Everett Police Department will man donation sites from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at both the North and South Precincts:
North Precinct: 3002 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201
South Precinct: 1121 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett WA 98208
December 1 and 2:
Skagit 911 and local law enforcement will man donation sites at Haggen Northwest Fresh stores from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Burlington and Mount Vernon to honor Deputy Anne Jackson.
Burlington: 757 Haggen Drive, Burlington, WA 98233
Mount Vernon: 2601 East Division, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
-Everett Police Department
-Lake Stevens Police Department
-Lynnwood Police Department
-Stillaguamish Tribal Police Department
-Anacortes Police Department
-Burlington Police Department
-Mount Vernon Police Department
-Sedro Woolley Police Department
-Skagit County Sheriff’s Office
Community businesses and associations taking part in the event:
-AFK Tavern (Everett)
-Boeing Employees Credit Union (Everett)
-B-T Development Company (Everett)
-Chase Bank (Everett Branch)
-Crystal Springs Apartments (Everett)
-Epping Properties (Everett)
-Espresso Ave (Everett)
-Gold Creek Community Church (Mill Creek)
-Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic (Lynnwood)
-Ivar’s Seafood Bar (Everett)
-KUNI Westside Infiniti Dealership (Lynnwood)
-La Cuesta Mexican Restaurant (Everett)
-Play It Again Sports (Marysville)
-Silver Lake Terrace (Everett)
-Snohomish County Apartment Operators Association (Everett)
-Sonitrol Pacific (Everett)
-The Everett Clinic (All locations)
-Yellow Umbrella Café (Lynnwood)