Frannie Lowry was just a baby when her father was killed.
William F. Lowry was one of two Tacoma police officers shot Aug. 28, 1997, when they responded to a domestic argument..
“I was only just 1 year old when my father was taken from me,” she said Wednesday night at the annual Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. “It shook our family.”
Lowry described her life without her father, with no daddy-daughter dances, no fatherly advice and “no one to scare off all the boys.”
Still, she said, when she hears about a hero “it reminds me of my father. He is the greatest one.”
In wake of her father’s absence, Lowry said, she feels lucky to have a big supportive family — the law enforcement community.
“You’re not alone,” she told the families of fallen officers at the ceremony at Clover Park Technical College.
“You’re not alone in your journey, and you are not alone in your grieving. We are all a support system for each other.
“Our loved ones are living with us in our hearts and in our minds,” she said.
About 300 people gathered to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty, with a color guard, prayers and the playing of “Amazing Grace” and “Taps.”
Leaders of each agency that lost an officer read aloud their names to the tolling of a bell.
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, the keynote speaker, noted that each day in the United States, 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect their communities.
“These women and men serve with distinction and honor,” she said. “But we all know that this protection comes at a high price.”
Addressing the officers’ families, Strickland said, “We want you to know that we honor you, we respect you and we thank you for the dedication, because in many ways, you wear the badge every day as well.”
Tacoma police Officer Loretta Cool called the ceremony a worthwhile opportunity for the public and members of local law enforcement to honor fallen officers.
“These officers sacrificed their lives to perform their jobs for us,” she said. “To take one night of the year to set aside and honor them is in fact a privilege for us.”
Pierce County’s fallen officers
Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Pierce County:
Tacoma Police Department
Officer James G. Lewis, April 27, 2004
Officer William F. Lowry, Aug. 28, 1997
Officer Larry W. Walker, Oct. 25, 1986
Officer Craig A. Nollmeyer, Jan. 24, 1985
Officer Larry L. Frost, Sept. 9, 1977
Sergeant L. Ben Overdahl, Jan. 22, 1957
Officer Martin J. Joyce, Nov. 25, 1941
Officer Paul A. Trent, Nov. 23, 1941
Officer William Wickman, Aug. 9, 1925
Officer Minor Cudihee, July 30, 1892
Puyallup Police Department
Chief Frank Chadwich, July 15, 1935
Officer Harry Storem, July 15, 1935
Constable William Jeffery, Sept, 30, 1894
Lakewood Police Department
Officer Tina G. Griswold, Nov. 29, 2009
Officer Ronald W. Owens II, Nov. 29, 2009
Officer Gregory J. Richards, Nov. 29, 2009
Sergeant Mark J. Renninger, Nov. 29, 2009
Eatonville Police Department
Marshal Dolar LaPlant, Sept. 5, 1925
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department
Deputy Shandon F. Wright, March 3, 2011
Deputy W. Kent Mundell, Dec. 28, 2009
Deputy John R. Bananola, Oct. 16, 1995
Deputy Kenneth J. Moran, Oct. 9, 1978
Deputy Arthur T. Varco, Nov. 23, 1941
Deputy Bunce Lawrence, Nov. 23, 1941
Washington State Patrol
Officer Ernest E. Eichhorn, Sept. 16, 1958
Officer H. Douglas Cossman, Oct. 9, 1929
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Agent Terry L. Hoffer, Nov. 10, 1984
Washington State Liquor Control Board
Agent In Charge Melvin R. Journey, Jan. 23, 1999
Mount Rainier National Park
Ranger Margaret A. Anderson, Jan.1, 2012
U.S. Marshals Service
Marshal Artis J. Chitty, Aug. 22, 1940
Marshal James C. Arnold, Feb. 26, 1891
U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Agent Johnny A. Masengale, May 5, 1992
Union Pacific Railroad Police Department
Agent John M. True, July 11, 1930