West Pierce Fire & Rescue
Thoughts and prayers from West Pierce Fire and Rescue to the Lakewood Police Department and Officer Arron Grant's family during this difficult time after Grant lost his fight with mental illness and took his own life on April 27. Grant was 40 years old and had been with the department since 2008 and was with Seattle Police Department before that.
“He was a caring man who was known for his generosity and kind heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we will pull together to make sure they get whatever support they need,” the Lakewood Police Department posted on social media. “While we are hurting at the loss of Arron and struggling to understand it, we are extremely grateful for the support we have received from our community and law enforcement family. We will not be answering any questions or providing additional information but focusing our efforts on supporting Officer Grant’s family and the men and women of the Lakewood Police Department.”
West Pierce Promotes Deputy Chief
West Pierce Fire & Rescue recently promoted Assistant Chief Karl Roth to the position of deputy chief of support services. Roth started his career with the Lakewood Fire Department in 1982 and has worked in various divisions and ranks throughout the District. He most recently has held the position of assistant chief of logistics and is the former fire marshal. Roth was recently pinned with his new badge in front of the Board of Fire Commissioners and was congratulated by Chief Jim Sharp and a room full of West Pierce employees on his accomplishment.
Roth has served on West Pierce’s executive leadership team for 11 years and has prepared himself through a combination of work experience and formal education for this new role. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration, a master’s degree in leadership and emergency management and is designated an executive fire officer through the National Fire Academy.