Community and Family; Grief, Gratitude and Respect

 

 

Adademy Group Photo

MPD Sgt. Luckman is shown near the middle of the back row. Third from the right in the front row is Jake Gutierrez (Click on photo to view)

Sgt. Luckman’s Academy Class Photo: Jake Gutierrez

On the morning of the memorial of Tacoma Police Officer Jake Gutierrez, Milton Police Sgt. Nils Luckman provided this photo of his academy class. Sgt. Luckman is shown near the middle of the back row. Third from the right in the front row is Jake Gutierrez (this same photo appeared in the video collage shown during the service). The association of Officer Gutierrez and Sgt. Luckman in this photo is a reminder of the closeness of the law enforcement family and community.

The Law Enforcement Community: Motivated to Honor and to Pay Respect

Every officer in this photo, every officer in every academy photo, is a member of a law enforcement community and family now in mourning. This is evident in the range of law enforcement agencies represented at the Tacoma Dome gathering to grieve and to show gratitude and respect to Jake Gutierrez, and to his family.

MPD Paid Respects and Supported the Ceremonies

Members of the Milton Police Department joined their law enforcement family at the Dome to hear from Jake’s family and colleagues just how deeply felt and profound this pain and loss have been. Some MPD members (Chief Hernandez, Chaplain Adam June, Officers Sarff, Torgerson, Kang, and Johnson) participated in the procession and attended the ceremonies in person. Officer Kidwell took a shift on Tacoma streets to free up a Tacoma PD officer to attend Jake’s services. Sgt. Luckman and Detective Camden maintained MPD’s presence in Milton.

Protect and Serve

The moving, traditional ceremonies were a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of Jake Gutierrez. He moved toward the threat to protect others, as every one of his law enforcement brothers and sisters captured in group pictures from every academy class have sworn to do.

We all hope this is the last such ceremony, ever.

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