Officials hold ice cream benefit for disabled officer

Herald staff

MILL CREEK – You’ll soon have your chance to beat the heat with an ice cream treat served up by public officials and true-crime writer Ann Rule.

In a benefit for injured Mill Creek Police Officer Mark Bond, author Rule, Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart, Mill Creek Mayor Terry Ryan, Police Chief Noreen Skagen and City Manager Bob Stowe will serve root beer floats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Albertson’s parking lot, 16304 Bothell-Everett Highway.

Authorities will be taking donations to help Bond and his family pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance, as well as rehabilitation or other costs. A trust fund for the Bond family has been established at Washington Mutual Bank in Mill Creek.

Bond, 32, was riding his motorcycle in the Lawman 1000 Charity Event, a round-trip marathon from Seattle to Penticton, British Columbia, to raise money for the Northwest Burn Center in Seattle.

A mechanical problem triggered an accident near Osoyoos, British Columbia, in which Bond lost the lower part of his left leg.

A 10-year veteran with the department, Bond has served as a DARE officer and a patrol officer. In 1996, he was voted officer of the year.

Bond and his wife, Yvonne, have three children ages 5 and under.

City officials want to express the community’s gratitude to Bond for his decade of service.

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