King County memorial for fallen Sheriff Deputies dedicated at county courthouse

Friday, December 2, 2016

Deputy Mark Brown memorial
King County recognizes those who have made the “ultimate sacrifice” 

16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Friday, King County Sheriff John Urquhart and King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn were joined by the family and friends of those who have fallen, to dedicate a memorial honoring those Sheriff Deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“This memorial has been an important project for me over the years and I am proud to be able to unveil it today,” said Urquhart. 
“This memorial will serve as a reminder to the public of those who serve them every day and those who have served and sacrificed for them.”

The first of the 16 deputies killed in the line of duty was Wesley Cherry in 1854. Today marked the 10th Anniversary of King County’s last deputy killed in action. In 2006, Steve Cox was fatally wounded after responding to gun shots at a house party in White Center.

Deputy Mark Brown of the Shoreline Police Department died on duty February 27, 1999 while responding to a call. There is a memorial bench on 15th NE in North City near where he died. (See previous article)

The memorial for Cherry, Cox, Brown and the other 13 deputies is a symbol of the more than 160 years of dedication and priceless sacrifice that the Sheriff’s Office has given to King County.

Today’s ceremony began with Chaplain Joel Ingbretson leading a moment of silence and ended with more than 40 family members of the fallen deputies escorted by an honor guard to the site of the memorial just outside of the Sheriff’s Office on the first floor of the King County Courthouse.

“We had no way of knowing that today, while honoring the sacrifice of our Fallen King County Sheriff Officers we would be joining the rest of Washington State in mourning the fallen Tacoma Police Officer who was killed Wednesday night,” said Dunn. “I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of their work and as a way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”


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