Remembering Pierce County Sheriff Deputy Kent Mundell
December 29, 2017
Editor's Note: On Thursday the following message was sent by Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor to the 329 law enforcement officers, 305 corrections officers and 145 civilian personnel serving in Washington State's second largest county. We thought it a good thing to pass along to our readers.
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Remembering Kent Mundell
It was eight years ago, today when we saw the end of a sad, difficult week-long vigil for Deputy Kent Mundell at Harborview Medical Center. It was eight years ago, that Kent’s family, and this Department and this community lost Kent.
His loss came two months after Seattle Officer Timothy Brenton and one month after Lakewood Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Officer Ronald Owens. It was the worst of hard times.
Kent was murdered in the process of courageously standing his ground in a gunfight. His courage saved the lives of four other people. We continue to feel his loss. His loss reminds us of the potential costs of the calling we have chosen to answer.
We keep being reminded that the difficult and essential and too often dangerous work that we do involves risks. But, every day, each of you continue to step up and do that work with strength and resolve, with skill and courage and compassion. And for that, I believe that you deserve tremendous respect and profound appreciation.
Today, I ask you to do three things. First, remember Kent and please keep Kent's family and friends in thoughts and prayer.
Next, remember the goodness, the strength and the value of the people who work beside you. They share our mission and the risks that come with it. They, too, deserve honor and respect.
Finally, I ask that you be safe in your work. Be safe as you face many risks, physical risks as well as emotional risks. Be strong and be safe as you protect the peace and safety and the well-being of people in our community.
Paul A. Pastor
“In my house within my walls they will have a monument and a name . . . I will give them an everlasting name and they shall not be forgotten” Isaiah 56:5 "