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Local Churches Help Community Honor Fallen Policemen, Deal with Violence

December 07, 2009


The Lakewood cop killer is dead, but his violent acts still hang in the air. Maurice Clemmons, who gunned down four Lakewood police officers at a coffee shop November 30th, was shot and killed by a policeman in Seattle December 1st. That put an end to a massive manhunt and refocused law enforcement on the task of grieving for their fallen comrades.
       A substantial gathering is expected in the Tacoma Dome tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) as police, elected officials, and concerned citizens join together to honor the dead.
       As the northwest works through these acts of shocking violence, two local churches will hold special services Tuesday in solidarity with those gathered in Tacoma. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with Pastor Alex Schmidt abuot the services, and about how he is helping his congregation deal with violence. 
       Again, a special "Service of Gratitude" to honor the Lakewood police officers will be held (tomorrow) Tuesday, December 8th at 12 noon at two locations: Celebration Lutheran Church in East Wenatchee and Faith Lutheran Church in Leavenworth.  
The public and local law enforcement personnel and their families are invited to attend this service.  For more information, contact Celebration Lutheran Pastor David Haven, 884.3817, or Faith Lutheran Pastor Alex Schmidt, 548.7012.



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