Lewis County Commissioners Proclaim Tuesday as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

By The Chronicle

Law enforcement officials from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, various police departments, the Washington State Patrol and other agencies were acknowledged on Monday by the Board of Lewis County Commissioners as they proclaimed Tuesday Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

The proclamation read by Commissioner Gary Stamper noted that the county is home to numerous officers who put their lives on the line to keep the community safe.

“These officers stand as leaders and teachers, educating the community about the importance of public safety and … we appreciate the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices made by officers and their family members on a daily basis, in order to protect our schools, workplaces, roadways and homes,” states the proclamation.

George Chandler thanked the commissioners for the proclamation and also expressed gratitude to the law enforcement present.

Chandler and his wife Elaine have been very active in supporting law enforcement. The two ensured that a law enforcement appreciation sign was installed on every Twin Transit bus. Another keepsake copy of the sign was presented to the sheriff’s office.

“I salute your service,” Chandler said. “… Beginning this morning on the back of every Twin Transit bus, you will see a duplicate of this sign. This one is special because it is signed by the commissioners and the mayors — all those important people.”

Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza thanked the Chandlers who he called “true supporters of law enforcement.”

Lewis County Jail Chief Chris Sweet said his previous job with the state patrol took him across the state and the nation. He said Lewis County and its support for law enforcement is special.

“This county and the support it gives law enforcement is second to none,” he said. “I appreciate all the citizens of this county and the support they give us.”

Officers from the Department of Natural Resources and Washington State Fish and Wildlife were also present at the meeting, alongside chiefs of Napavine, Morton and Mossyrock, Toledo, Centralia and Chehalis police departments. State patrol and the sheriff’s office was also in attendance.

The Chandlers provided donuts for the law enforcement officials.

Citizens in Lewis County are encouraged to show their support for law enforcement by wearing blue on Tuesday, Jan. 9. They are also encouraged to send a card or take a moment to thank an officer.