Dunn proposes memorial for fallen deputies

March 6, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 5:10 p.m. March 6, 2013

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn proposed legislation today to honor the 15 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office that have been killed in the line of duty since the County’s creation in 1852.

There is currently no memorial in the County recognizing the deputies’ sacrifices. Dunn’s proposal suggests creating one within the King County Courthouse.

“Honoring the memories of the King County Sheriff’s Department who have lost their lives protecting the public is the right thing to do. We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made on our behalf,” Dunn said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Sheriff Urquhart and the King County Police Officers Guild to make this memorial a reality.”

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog was tragically killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.

“The city of Newcastle will never forget the sacrifice of Deputy Richard Herzog who lost his life while protecting the public in 2002,” said Mayor Rich Crispo. “This proposed memorial is another example of our shared conviction that Deputy Herzog and his fellow 14 members of the King County’s Sheriff’s Office killed in the line of duty will never be forgotten.”

In 2012, the city honored the 10-year anniversary of Herzog’s death with a special Police Day in the Park event.

The proposed ordinance calls on County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Sheriff John Urquhart to develop a proposal for the creation of the memorial, including where it will be located, a method to solicit potential designs for the display, a possible schedule for completion and a budget or potential funding sources for its construction.

The ordinance asks that the proposal be submitted to the King County Council by June 1.

Learn more about the 15 deputies killed in the line of duty, including Herzog, at www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff/About/Remembrance.aspx.

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