Sikh Temple Offers Prayers to Four Slain Police And Others Who Serve

December 7, 2009

Author: Kie Relyea

Source: The News Tribune/The Bellingham Herald

Worshippers at the Guru Nanak Gursikh Temple paid tribute on Sunday, Dec. 6, to the four Lakewood police officers who were shot and killed a week ago - thanking them, along with law enforcement in Whatcom County, for protecting their communities.

"It has been a shocking thing for all of us," said Satpal Sidhu, a member of the Sikh temple on East Pole Road and one of the organizers of the event. "We thought we needed to express our shock, as well as our appreciation."

The temple had invited law enforcement in Whatcom County to the event. Those who were able to attend and represent their departments were Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster; Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks; and officer Al Bass with the Bellingham Police Department.

Members of the temple sat on the blue carpeting in the temple, with their shoes off and heads covered as they listened to Sidhu talk about each of the four officers, who were attacked on Nov. 29 in a coffee shop in Parkland.