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We understand why Patrick picked FWay

We have just returned to Hawaii from officer Patrick Maher’s services. The loss of Patrick has left a void in our family and in all of our lives that will never be replaced. Because we were fortunate enough to attend the services, we are able to convey to our Hawaii family that thesame void is shared by the Pacific Northwest community.

Although these feelings will never bring Patrick back, it is very comforting to understand the impact he had on your lives in the short time he was there. Pat had the ability to accomplish that wherever he went.

We never anticipated the expression of sympathy and compassion from the Federal Way Police Department, neighboring departments and the community that we experienced. The outpouring of kindness was incredible.

During our stay, we had the ability to meet several of the Federal Way officers, as well as officers from outlying communities. While they conveyed a cordial and professional attitude, they were all very personable and caring, and we thank them for their assistance and support.

A tribute to the Federal Way officers would be unfair without mention of their leader. Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, you are an amazing administrator, leader and person. We are very honored to have met you, and thank you for the personal concern and care that you have shown Renee Maher and her family.

To the community of Federal Way, we thank you for your support and kindness. Simply said, we understand why Patrick picked your community to serve over all others.

Thank you and mahalo.

Rick and Patti White

Kailua, Hawaii

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