VIDEO: Deputy Steve Cox, 15 other fallen law enforcers honored with new King County Sheriff’s Office memorial

(WCN photos/video)

That’s the plaque for King County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Cox on the new memorial KCSO just dedicated for the 16 law enforcers it has lost in the line of duty. Deputy Cox, the White Center community leader who was killed 10 years ago today, is the most recent, but, Sheriff John Urquhart warned somberly, won’t be the last.

The short ceremony in the jury room at the King County Courthouse downtown this morning also acknowledged the sad coincidence that this event, long in the works, comes as the state mourns a Tacoma police officer killed in the line of duty this week. After the ceremony, everyone moved to the courthouse lobby outside the Sheriff’s Office, with fallen officers’ family members in the front row for the unveiling:

Family members had been given roses as they entered the ceremony, and many were placed below the memorial before they left:

We also recorded video of the ceremony at which Sheriff Urquhart and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn spoke.

ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: Here’s that video:

And here’s the official KCSO news release about today’s event:

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

“It has been an honor assisting the Sheriff’s Office on this project. We cannot thank our officers enough for the work they do putting their lives on the line in order to protect and serve the people,” said Dunn. “This memorial honors these specific officers but also reminds the public of all of all who have fallen in the line of duty this year.”

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.

The memorial for Cherry, Cox and the other 14 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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