Memorial steeped in tradition, honor

  • By Rikki King and Diana Hefley
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2011 12:52pm

EVERETT — The memorial for Jayme Biendl was prefaced today by remarks from one of Snohomish County’s top police officers.

Kathy Atwood, Everett police deputy chief, gave a brief introduction about what to expect Tuesday afternoon. The family took a few moments before the ceremony to collect their thoughts in private.

Law enforcement funerals draw from those used by the military, Atwood told the crowd. There are five themes: the processional, the religious invocation, five people who will share remembrances, a religious benediction and a closing recessional.

“The ceremony is steeped with tradition and honor,” she said