Mayor, County Council recognize National Police Week
May 12, 2014
NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 12, 2014
The Metropolitan King County Council and Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri today joined municipalities across the country in recognition of National Police Week, which occurs May 12–18.
National Police Week recognizes the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty, a sacrifice the city of Newcastle understands firsthand.
King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog gave his life in service to the community while protecting the citizens of Newcastle during the apprehension of a suspect in 2002. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.
“I am privileged to join my fellow Newcastle residents in honoring the memory of Officer Herzog—and the other fallen officers around the country who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities,” Buri said in a statement.
Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who represents Newcastle on the County Council, sponsored the National Police Week proclamation.
“It is an honor to take part in this recognition and pay tribute our fallen heroes,” he said. “The men and women of law enforcement deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for all they do.”
Dunn was also the prime sponsor of a successful effort to erect a memorial to fallen officers inside the King County Courthouse.
The memorial is now in the planning stages and a design is being chosen for eventual installation. Herzog, along with the 15 other fallen heroes of the King County Sheriff’s Office, will have a permanent place on this memorial and their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
King County is home to nearly 3,100 commissioned law enforcement personnel who serve and protect the residents and businesses of 39 cities, the Port of Seattle, three Tribal governments, the University of Washington and the 250,000 residents of unincorporated King County. Nine of these officers are members of the Newcastle Police Department led by Chief Melinda Irvine.
Learn more about Herzog and the sacrifice he made here.