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Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial
The Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial, located in Olympia, commemorates the lives, work and dedication of officers who have died in service to our state.
The Memorial began as a dream when a number of surviving families of line of duty death and law enforcement officers traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1995 to visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. At the time, over 35 states had law enforcement memorials honoring officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Washington State did not. The need to honor Washington heroes was recognized and the dream began.
Upon their return, during a local observance of a Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony, then honor guard commander Sergeant Frank Kampsen (Ret., Seattle Police Department) announced to attendees that the state of Washington would have a memorial to pay tribute and forever honor its officers who had lost their lives in the line of duty.
With enthusiasm and bull-dogged tenacity, Sgt. Kampsen assembled a group of talented people to begin the journey to see the dream accomplished. Founding board members were Frank Kampsen, Roger Dixon, Robert Veliz, John Mansfield, Mark Sterk, Mark Lorbiecki (attorney) and Mike Patrick. Strong financial support and mentorship were given by Bruce and Jolene McCaw and the Apex Foundation. Their respect for the sacrifices made by law enforcement professionals continue to be shown time and again. Supporters too numerous to name also gave of their time and finances.
Located on the Washington State Capitol campus in the shadow of the Temple of Justice and looking north to Heritage Park and Puget Sound, the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial is designed by the Portico Group to be a lasting tribute to law enforcement officers who give their lives in the line of duty. It is a place for survivors to remember their loved ones. It is a place for the public to reflect on the sacrifices made to protect them and marvel at the beauty of the setting.
In April of 2004, the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Board unanimously selected Edifice Construction Company, Inc. of Seattle to be the general contractor to build the memorial.
Construction of the Memorial began July 5, 2005. Through the strong management of Edifice Construction Company, Inc. and the diligence of all members of the construction crew, the law enforcement memorial is complete. With the engraving of the names of Washington’s fallen officers’, the Memorial has taken on a life of its own. Each name engraved represents a person who lived, who had family and friends, who swore to protect the communities in which they served. It was their duty to serve. It is our duty to remember.
State’s Portion of the Construction Project
The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (ES) (the state agency responsible for the buildings and grounds on the Capitol Campus) prepared the location for the Memorial by stabilizing the construction site, building the Memorial's retaining wall and landscaping the hillside immediately below the Memorial. ES also constructed a walkway, on the hillside, that enables pedestrians to access Heritage Park, Capitol Lake and downtown Olympia from the upper Capitol Campus grounds. ES has given untold hours of labor towards construction of the Memorial and has donated financially to portions of the project that enhance the Memorial, the Capitol Campus, and Heritage Park.