West Pierce Fire and Rescue
West Pierce provided a Community Emergency Response Team class for our Washington National Guard, Washington State and Camp Murray partners last week. Students learned skills in disaster preparedness, medical treatment, triage, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and disaster psychology. If anyone is interested in learning some of these skills or for more information, visit westpierce.org/cert.
With the school year fast approaching, parents, drivers and students should take a peek at the some safety tips about getting to school safely. Drivers should be aware of children at the bus stop and in the crosswalks. Safety tips are available at safekids.org/interactive/getting-school-safely.
In the evening hours on Aug. 31, a suspect entered a fast food restaurant at 27th and Bridgeport Way armed with a knife. The suspect demanded money and held the knife against the clerk who was working. The clerk complied with the demand and then was ordered down to the floor. The suspect then fled on foot. The suspect was described as a white male in his 50s with a dirty appearance. He was wearing shorts and a tan baseball hat. Surveillance video was available and was being reviewed.
An improvised explosive device was located in a portable bathroom at Cirque Park. The device was described as a plastic tube, approximately four inches long, capped at both ends and connected to a box with wires. Pierce County Sheriff Hazardous Device Squad responded and rendered the device safe.
A burglary occurred at an apartment on 35th Street. An Xbox, Kinect and controllers were stolen. The responding officer checked pawn shops and learned the victim’s property had been pawned at a Tacoma area pawn shop. The suspect who pawned the property was an acquaintance of the victim. Police went to the suspect’s residence and arrested the suspect. After Miranda Warnings, the suspect denied stealing the items and when asked who did, she replied, “Do I have to squeal on them?” She refused to say anything further. The suspect was booked in the Pierce County Jail for residential burglary and trafficking of stolen property.