Tacoma Rainiers

Tacoma Rainiers to honor region's fallen officers Saturday

The Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday will honor six Puget Sound-area officers killed in the line of duty last year.

The 7 p.m. baseball game will be a "tribute to and celebration of the lives of Western Washington's fallen officers," according to a team statement. The team is calling Saturday "S.H.I.E.L.D." night. (S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Safety, Honor, Integrity, Enforce, Leadership, Defend.)

Proceeds from the single game tickets for Saturday's matchup will be donated to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild Charitable Fund to help the families of police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards.

The four officers, along with Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton and Pierce County sheriff's deputy Kent Mundell, were killed in late 2009.

Before Saturday night's game, the Metro Pierce and Pierce County honor guard will present the nation's colors and a Lakewood police officer will sing "God Bless America."

The Rainiers will wear special jerseys that will be signed and auctioned off. Throughout the season, the team will wear Lakewood police patches bearing the initials of Renninger, Griswold, Owens and Richards.

More than 200 law enforcement officers are expected to attend the game.