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Memorial service set for Lynden police chief fatally struck by car

Interim Lynden Police Chief Michael Knapp will be honored at a memorial service at Bellingham Christ the King Church on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.

A memorial service for Lynden’s interim police chief, who was fatally struck by a car, will be held Nov. 20 in Bellingham.

Lynden Police Department announced the details of Chief Michael Knapp’s service Tuesday. The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at Bellingham Christ the King Church. Lynden Christ the King Church will also livestream the service.

Knapp, 79, was hit by a car while crossing Fourth Street in Lynden on Nov. 5. He died a day later from his injuries.

A U.S. Army veteran, Knapp also worked as an FBI special agent and served as police chief of several Whatcom County agencies. He served as Ferndale police chief from 2005-2016 when he retired. In his retirement, he served as Blaine and Lynden’s interim police chiefs.

Credit: Courtesy of the City of Ferndale.
Michael Knapp.

Knapp is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

A memorial fund was established at People’s Bank. Donations can be made to the “Chief Michael Knapp Memorial Fund” at any People’s Bank location or the Lynden Police Department.