Friday, May 8, 2009

Remembering Our Fallen Officers: "Words ring hollow when the sorrow is so deep..."

Above: First Husband Mike Gregoire wipes a tear away after the singing of the National Anthem by Rio Barber, surviving sister of fallen officer Joselito Barber at a ceremony today honoring Washington State's fallen officers.

by Janine Gates

Six Washington state officers were awarded the Medal of Honor today in a ceremony held at the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Campus. The ceremony also honored three officers who died in 2008. More than 283 Washington law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1854.

Fallen officers Sargent Nelson Ng, Ellensburg Police Department, Deputy Anne Marie Jackson, Skagit County Sheriff's Office, and Officer Kristine Fairbanks, U.S. Forest Service, were recognized by their families and officers who came from around the state to participate in the ceremony.

Above: A photo of U.S. Forest Service Officer Kristine Fairbanks. Fairbanks was shot and killed September 20, 2008 while investigating a suspicious vehicle on the Olympic Pennisula.

Governor Christine Gregoire read a proclamation recognizing May 10 - 16 as Law Enforcement Recognition Week, saying, "the law enforcement profession has become increasingly more complex, posing greater challenges and requiring officers to serve additional hours above and beyond their regular duties...."

The Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial was created with private funds in cooperation with the state as a sacred place specifically chosen for its beauty and tranquility, located behind the Temple of Justice, overlooking Budd Inlet. An effort many years in the making, the memorial was dedicated in 2006. The names of the fallen officers are etched in granite.

Above: The newly etched names of Ng, Jackson, and Fairbanks at the memorial.

Above: Elise Ng, 7, makes a rubbing of her father's name on the memorial after the ceremony at the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial in Olympia today. Her father, Sgt. Nelson Ng, died at age 34 on August 11, 2008 of a duty-related illness. Ng had been named officer of the year for the Ellensburg Police Department in 2007.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Janine Gates for Olympia City Council Kick-Off Party: May 13

Join Janine Gates and Supporters for…

Janine's Olympia City Council Kick-Off Party!
Wednesday, May 13th
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fertile Ground Guesthouse
311 9th Ave. SE Olympia
(behind the Olympia Timberland Library)

Come meet Janine and find out why she is running for Olympia City Council #5! Sign up to volunteer, endorse, donate and show your support for Janine in several ways.

Refreshments provided!

For more information about the kick-off party or her campaign for city council, go to

In other news, an interview with Janine Gates was just published in the May edition of Works In Progress, available now at various downtown distribution locations.

“…being a councilmember will allow me more opportunities to connect the council with a larger segment of the community that needs to be heard,” Gates says in the interview.

Above: Fertile Ground Guesthouse