Deputy Kent Mundell memorial up-to-the-minute

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by KING and KING5.com Staff

KING5.com

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 5 at 5:28 PM

(KING5.com is providing minute-by-minute coverage of the procession and memorial for Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Kent Mundell, who lost his life Dec. 21st.)

3:58 p.m. - The service is concluded. With that, we are ending this minute-by-minute update of Deputy Kent Mundell's memorial service.

3:55 p.m. -- Officers are being excused from the service.

3:53 p.m. -- The family and friends of Deputy Mundell leave the viewing area of the Tacoma Dome.

3:50 p.m. -- Pallbearers carry and escort Deputy Mundell's casket out of the viewing area at the Tacoma Dome.

3:47 p.m. -- The color guard is removing the flags.

3:43 p.m. -- The final radio call is played.

3:42 p.m. -- Military bugles play "Taps."

3:40 p.m. -- Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor presents the folded flag to widow Lisa Mundell.

3:36 p.m. -- The honor guard is now folding the American flag draped over Deputy Mundell's casket.

3:33 p.m. -- A 21 bell salute is being played.

3:30 p.m. -- The bagpipes are playing "Amazing Grace."

3:27 p.m. -- The honor guard re-enters the viewing area.

3:23 p.m. -- Chaplain Da Nolta gives the benediction.

3:22 p.m. -- Chaplain Rick Bulman delivers concluding remarks.

3:15 p.m. -- Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is offering her condolences to Deputy Kent Mundell's family. She presents a folded American flag to Deputy Mundell's widow, Lisa, and speaks with his two children, Kirsten and Austin. She also walks over to Mundell's parents to offer her condolences.

3:12 p.m. - Tacoma Police Sg. Al Morris, accompanied by Tacoma Officer Jared Williams on piano, sings "Amazing Grace."

2:58 p.m. - Friend and Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. colleague Deputy Jim Jones shares his memories of Deputy Mundell. Jones said Mundell lived a life of love and enthusiasm, describing him as a "basically a small child who was really a man. But he loved to play. The guy could play."  Jones said Mundell never had a problem with all the other Type A personalities on the police department. "He never had a problem saying 'I love you, man,'" said Jones. "And you could say 'I love you' back to him and it was never weird."

2:42 p.m. --   Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. Detective Jason Tate, who worked with Mundell for 10 years, reads aloud an essay written by a longtime childhood friend of Deputy Mundell. 

2:36 p.m. -- Jonathan Harris sings an original song written in honor of Deputy Mundell called "Thanks to You I'm Free." Click here to watch.

2:22 p.m. -- A memorial video presentation of Deputy Mundell is now being played. Click here to watch.

2:14 p.m. -- Deputy Mundell's Mother Patricia Bulman expresses deep gratitude to everyone, from the first responders at the crime scene,  the staff at Harborview Medical Center  to all the people who lined the procession route to express support to Mundell's family.  "He was such a very special person, not only to his family but so many who shared with us the past few day how Kent touched their lives in extraordinary ways," she said. "He was not only my son - he was my joy. I'm so proud to be his mom." Click here to watch.

2:10 p.m. -- Chaplain Rick Bulman delivers a short message. "Kent saved others with his last breath. Not only was Kent willing to lay down his life for his family and friends and community on the battlefield of life, but Kent literally laid down his life in service to his community."

2:07 p.m. -- Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor offers his condolences to Deputy Mundell's family. "I am sorry for the loss of a deeply good man," he says. The combined loss of Mundell, four slain Lakewood officers and Seattle Officer Tim Brenton  "staggers us," he says, "but we will not fear to do our jobs." Click here to watch.

1:56 p.m. -- Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy gives welcoming remarks.

1:54 p.m. -- Chaplain John Pettit delivers the invocation

1:51 p.m. -- Master of Ceremonies Pierce County Sheriff's Det. Ed Troyer begins the service.

1:49 p.m. -- The honor guard marches out.

1:45 p.m. -- Deputy Mundell's daughter Kristin and son Austin attach a ribbon with Deputy Kent Mundell's name to a flag.

1:42 p.m. -- The national athems of the United States and Canada have just been played. The color guard is dismissed.

1:37 p.m. -- The color guard is marching forward to present the flags.

1:31 p.m. -- Bagpipers and drummers are now marching to the viewing area. Click here to watch.

1:19 p.m.  --  Immediate family members of Deputy Mundell are escorted to their seats.

1:13 p.m. -- The casket of Deputy Mundell is escorted into the Tacoma Dome. Pallbearers are carrying the casket to the viewing area at the front of the Tacoma Dome.

1:03 p.m. -- Friends and extended family of Deputy Kent Mundell and members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department enter the Tacoma Dome and are escorted to their seats. Law enforcement officers and members of the audience in attendance are standing. Click here to watch.

12:59 p.m. - The service has begun. The honor guard enters the Tacoma Dome.

12:53 p.m. - Master of Ceremonies Pierce County Sheriff's Det. Ed Troyer explains the events of today's memorial to the audience.

Noon - Procession ends at the Tacoma Dome.

11:40 a.m. -- The family members of Deputy Mundell remain sequestered at the Tacoma Dome until the memorial service begins at 1:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - Law enforcement and members of the public file into the Tacoma Dome for Deputy Mundell's service. The Tacoma Dome is arranged to seat around 14,000 people for the memorial.

11:10 a.m. -- "It's a solemn day - it's a solemn day for us and for the community," said Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff's Office.

11:10 a.m. - Pallbearers transport the flag-draped casket of Deputy Mundell's body from the hearse into the Tacoma Dome. Members of Mundell's family escort the casket into the dome. Click here to watch.

11:02 a.m. - The hearse carrying the body of Deputy Mundell arrives at the Tacoma Dome. About 130 members of Mundell's family are expected to arrive shortly. Click here to watch.

10:56 a.m. - Western Washington bagpipers, including the Seattle Firefighters Pipes & Drums and the Tacoma Scotts, march down the street and arrives at the Tacoma Dome in the rainy, foggy mist. Four law enforcement officers mounted on horses arrive next, followed by a "riderless horse," which is a longtime military tradition to symbolize a fallen officer.

10:50 a.m. - At one point, a woman who appears to be Mundell's mother rolls down her window and thanks the hundreds of mourners who lined the final part of the procession.

10:41 a.m. - Some people along the procession route are carrying small American flags. A lone man carrying an American flag on a pole walks along River Road along the procession route. Click here to watch.

10:14 a.m. - "I think it has to be - certainly it is with me - a sense of 'how did this happen again?' The first one was bad enough, the second one was unprecendented, and now a third one in less than two months. It leaves most of us speechless. We just don't get how did this happen." - Sgt. John Urquhart with the King County Sheriff's Office on how law enforcement officers might be feeling.

10:06 a.m. - Thomas Laird, one of the people watching the procession as it leaves the Puyallup Fairgrounds, tells KING 5's Roberta Romero he's there to support the officers and firemen, who risk their lives every day for the public. Watch interview.

10:05 a.m. - The hearse carrying Mundell's body passes underneath a large American flag, hoisted by two Pierce County fire trucks.

10:04 a.m. - Thousands of people standing in the rain line the route of the procession to pay tribute to Deputy Mundell. Law enforcement officers stand at attention as the hearse passes.

9:58 a.m. - The procession begins. A white hearse carries the body of Deputy Mundell, preceded and followed by several law enforcement vehicles.

9:42 a.m. - Hundreds of law enforcement vehicles from around the Northwest and Canada are currently staging at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center to prepare for the procession, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.

 

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