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In a policeman's honor

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

It’s been a year since Federal Way Police Officer Patrick Maher was shot and killed struggling with an assault suspect at a strip mall on Pacific Highway South.

On Monday, the anniversary of his death, city officials honored Maher by dedicating the Police Department’s new training room and the city’s emergency operations center to him and promising to create a flag plaza in his honor near the entrance to the new City Hall.

Maher was the first Federal Way officer to be killed in the line of duty.

The training room is located immediately off the lobby of the new City Hall and is the second-largest room in the building. The City Council chambers is the largest.

Before the dedication, Maher’s widow, Renee, who had asked the city to name a park after her husband, joined the Puget Sound Blood Bank in a blood drive in his honor at the old City Hall.

The council voted Tuesday night on whether to build a large flag plaza on the recommendation of the Finance, Economic Development and Regional Affairs Committee, which reviewed the design and costs. The decision came after the Mirror’s press deadline.

A smaller flag plaza was expected to cost $17,724, which is available in the project budget, and would allow for the installation of three flagpoles and a small public gathering space. It would include a colored and patterned cement plaza and a small monument to Maher.

The larger plaza would cost $32,121 –– that money’s available in the budget, too –– and would include three flagpoles, a larger public area and a monument to Maher.

The larger design also includes connecting a sidewalk in the parking lot to the main entrance by replacing asphalt with a walkway of colored and patterned concrete and replacing large trees with smaller ones.

So far, the new City Hall project has come in about $60,000 under budget and the city hasn’t had to dip into the $640,000 contingency, according to officials. Any money left over at the end of the project will be returned to the general fund.

Police and Municipal Court personnel moved into the new building in July, and the rest of city government will move later this month. The council’s first meeting there will be Sept. 6.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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