Just a note: This is the email I sent to the LPD a few moments ago. I'm sure they have gotten tons of email and support from the community and thousands around the world. At least I hope so.
I am deeply saddened by the LOD deaths of Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owen, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards. The heartfelt appreciation of a truly grateful American citizen goes out to their families and friends. They served honorably and faithfully, answering the call of duty when they were needed.
Please express my sympathy and deepest condolences to their families , and that they are in my prayers during this time of grief. They are true heroes, and I hope the fact that they are honored by so many brings them some comfort in this time of loss. May they feel the comfort and love from across this nation embrace them and hold them up during this difficult time. We will not forget them and will forever be in their debt for what they have done for us.
Please let the members of the Lakewood Police Department know they are in my prayers during this dark time as they continue the mission of making our world a safer place. To each of you I say a big “Thank You” for doing what you do everyday. Thank you for going into “the office” when you don’t feel like it. Thank you for working the night shift when we are safe in bed. Thank you for putting on that uniform everyday. Thank you for working holidays. Thank you for going through doors when you know what can be behind them. You are in my prayers. I can not even imagine how you feel and what you are going through. Just know that there are thousands and thousands of people this very moment praying for your department. Know that for every person who would wish harm on you that there are thousands of us who cheer you everyday. Being an officer can be a thankless job. But take comfort in the fact that you are supported by lots of folks in and outside your community. You guys are making a difference.
And if there is anything I can do, don't hesitate to ask.