It's difficult to imagine what good can come out of losing four police officers, but somehow, Lakewood found that good.
Three years after one of its darkest days, the community's leaders gathered today to not only remember Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Greg Richards, Ronald Owens and Tina Griswold, but to celebrate the way they did their jobs.
Simply put, officials say, they sacrificed and wanted to help others.
That's the premise of the 3rd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive, which kicked off today. The idea came from Cindy Salazar, wife of Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar, and it has since grown to different communities in the Puget Sound.
In Pierce County, the food drive runs from today through Dec. 7. (Click here to read Patch's coverage of the 3rd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive) It benefits the which serves all of Pierce County.
Officials who spoke today at the Lakewood Police Department include Governor-Elect Jay Inslee, Mayor Doug Richardson and, of course, Farrar.
Check back for Patch' coverage of the today's festivities.