Over and over, the stories shared during Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez’s memorial service demonstrated his love of family, job and community. He was a well-respected, well-loved man.
Nestled in front of a day care center, between Tacoma General Hospital’s emergency entrance and Wright Park, lies a magnificent sequoia. Wouldn’t it be fitting to name a significant tree, which provides protection and habitat for numerous birds and small mammals, after a significant man, who protected his family, loved ones and community?
A living memorial such as this century-old sequoia would provide easy access to those who want to pay their respects and keep Officer Gutierrez’s memory alive.