January 29 marks the two-year anniversary of the death of Officer Jayme Lee Biendl, the Washington State correctional officer and Local 117 member who was tragically murdered in the prison chapel of the Monroe Correctional Complex in 2011.
Jayme’s murder had a devastating impact on our State’s corrections’ employees. It reverberated though communities across Washington State, and it struck a painful chord in the family of law enforcement professionals across North America.
Thousands mourned for Jayme at her memorial service at the Everett Comcast Center. Family, friends, police, sheriff, firefighters, state patrol, Canadian mounted police, and corrections professionals from as far as New York gathered to grieve and pay their respects to their beloved friend, sister, co-worker, daughter, and Corrections Officer of the Year.
JAYME BIENDL MEMORIAL RUN
On January 27, 2013, family, friends, co-workers, and community members celebrated Jayme’s life with the 2nd Annual Jayme Biendl Memorial run. Jayme’s family requested that proceeds for the event benefit the Behind the Badge Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving law enforcement families and their agencies that have been stricken with the tragedy of officers killed in the line of duty.
The anniversary of Jayme’s death is a time to honor the life of our fallen Sister. It is a time of remembrance, a time to mourn her tragic, untimely loss, and a time to rejoice in Jayme’s life.
For all of us, Jayme Lee Biendl made the ultimate sacrifice, and we will never forget her!