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Ceremony today to recognize fallen deputy

For the second time in four weeks, law enforcement officers will gather at the Tacoma Dome to pay tribute to a fallen comrade.

Today, they will remember and honor Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell.

The 44-year-old husband and father was mortally wounded Dec. 21 during a domestic violence call near Tanwax Lake. Mundell died Dec. 28 after he was removed from life support at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Sgt. Nick Hausner also was struck by gunfire and is recovering from his wounds.

Colleagues will remember Mundell’s 10 years of service with the Sheriff’s Department and his sacrifice in the line of duty during the 1 p.m. public memorial service.

Many of those involved in planning the ceremony and who will be riding in the procession to the Dome came together Dec. 8 to honor four Lakewood police officers killed Nov. 29 in a Parkland coffee shop.

More than 20,000 people attended the public memorial service for Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens.

Law enforcement officers from across the state, Canada, Oregon and California will attend Mundell’s memorial service.

THE DAY’S SCHEDULE: Mundell’s family and fellow members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Mountain Detachment will gather at Frontier Park in Graham starting at 8:15 a.m. Washington State Patrol troopers will escort Mundell’s body to the park.

A motorcade will leave the park for the Puyallup Fair & Events Center at 9:15 a.m. and meet up with emergency response vehicles at the fairgrounds. The vehicles are to leave at 10 a.m. and proceed to the Tacoma Dome.

THE SERVICE: The public is invited to attend the service, which is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and is expected to last three hours. Doors will open at 11 a.m. There will be no public parking at the Dome.

TRAFFIC: Drivers should expect delays along the procession route and around the Dome between 10 a.m. and noon.

These road closures will be in effect between 9:30 a.m. and noon:

 • Northbound Highway 161 (Meridian) at Highway 512.

 • Southbound Highway 161 at Levee Road.

 • Southbound Highway 167 (River Road) between Meridian and Interstate 5.

Pierce Transit and Sound Transit also are warning riders to expect delays around the procession route. These bus routes will be detoured, starting at 10 a.m.: Pierce Transit 41, 42, 402, 409, 500 and 501; Sound Transit 574 and 594; and Intercity Transit 603.

The Tacoma Dome station will be closed to bus traffic between 10 a.m. and noon.

LIVE COVERAGE: The memorial service will be broadcast live on area Seattle television stations, Pierce County TV and TV Tacoma.

Pierce County TV will begin its coverage at 1 p.m. It also will be streamed live at www.piercecountytv.org. It will replay the service:

 • Wednesday at 5 p.m.

 • Thursday at 2 p.m.

 • Saturday at 11 a.m.

 • Sunday at 5 p.m.

PCTV is Channel 22 on Comcast and Click, and Channel 78 on Rainier Connect.

TV Tacoma will cover the service live, starting at 1 p.m. The station will replay the service:

 • Tuesday at 9 p.m. or immediately following the Tacoma City Council meeting.

 • Wednesday at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

 • Saturday at 8 a.m.

 • Sunday at 3 p.m.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268

stacey.mulick@thenewstribune.com

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