Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kudos to Pullman Police

From the Daily News.

On April 23, I officiated at a funeral at Short's Funeral Chapel, which concluded about 11:30 a.m. As the casket was loaded into the hearse, I saw a Moscow police officer talking with the driver. Upon entering the hearse the driver said "there will be no police escort through town today." The burial was to be in the Pullman City Cemetery. There were about 25 cars in the procession. Everyone was disappointed that there would be no escort.

When we were three miles from Pullman, a Pullman police car met the procession. Another officer was at the stoplight at Bishop Boulevard, and yet another officer at the corner of Bishop and Grand Avenue. The cruiser that had met the procession on the Pullman-Moscow Highway pulled ahead and blocked oncoming traffic from the south so the procession could enter the cemetery.

We had four Pullman officers for this procession through town. The Moscow police could not seem to spare one officer for about 10 minutes.

There is something wrong that needs correction. A word to the wise is sufficient.

Rev. Gordon L. Braun, Moscow

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