Outpouring of support on 'Law Enforcement Appreciation Day' in wake of deputy's death
SEATTLE - Walking through Pike Place Market Tuesday, Seattle police Officers Matthew Clark and Michael Larned were saluted.
People shook the beat officers’ hands, others thanked them. All of this just a day and a half after the slaying of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy.
Deputy Daniel McCartney was killed in a shootout late Sunday. His casket was honored in a procession Tuesday.
Steven Brown, who lives in Belltown, shook the Seattle officers’ hands at Pike Place.
“They’re putting their lives on the line to make sure everyone is safe,” Brown said.
Clark and Larned wore thin black bands on their badges in honor of McCartney.
“It’s nice to get the occasional thank you and that extra bit of appreciation,” Larned said about the handshakes and appreciation.
Clark added that the gratitude is something they never expect.
“I took the job to help people and I put myself in, we put ourselves in, compromising positions to do so,” said Clark.
Larned, who has been with Seattle police for 12 years, said that anytime an officer is killed there is an outpouring of support from the public.
Penny Brenton, whose son Timothy, was killed while patrolling Seattle’s Central Area in 2009, left a gift for her local police – the Lynnwood Police Department. She wanted to honor national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and to let the officers know she was thinking of them after the Pierce County shooting.
For Brenton McCartney’s death struck her especially hard. McCartney was the father of three young boys, her own son was the parent of two grade school-age children when he was shot to death in his own patrol car.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was created by the Missouri-based Concerns of Police Survivors to honor officers. The group asks people to send cards, wear blue, host a rally or share a “positive” story about an interaction with police every January 9.
Jaison Scott, who is one of Pike Place Market’s famed fish throwers, was happy to have a little fun with Officer Matthew Clark on a day that has been so somber for many members of local law enforcement.
“I have kids and a family and I really appreciate what they do, it’s sad when that happens,” Scott said about the line of duty death.
A few feet away from where Scott coached Clark how to throw fish a man who only gave the name “Sailor Bob” stood at attention. The man saluted the two Seattle officers and said McCartney was in his thoughts.
“They are serving. They serve us. They protect us. In return, I honor them,” he said.