Night of 1,000 Stars Dedicated Locally to Fallen Hoquiam Officer Donald Burke

MONTESANO, Wash. – The “Night of 1000 Stars” is a statewide emphasis patrol honoring officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.   Friday December 21st as part of the statewide campaign local off duty officers will be patrolling on overtime specifically looking for impaired drivers. 

Donald BurkeThis year, locally the emphasis is dedicated to the memory of fallen Hoquiam Officer Donald Burke. Burke was killed in the line of duty in 1980. Grays Harbor Sheriff Rick Scott says it is a time to remember all of those who have fallen.Burke Memorial

The definition of impaired; diminished, damaged, or weakened.  It’s after that first drink your judgment begins to become impaired.  That isn’t the time to be making decisions.  If you plan to attend a party or gathering plan a safe way home. We also caution drivers to be aware of increased holiday traffic. 

“Our officers here in Grays Harbor our highly committed to reducing the number of impaired drivers on our roadways.  Friday’s emphasis is personal for many.  Some of the officer worked with Don.  Many of us can still remember the vivid details of that day.”  Susan Bradbury Traffic Safety Coordinator 

The Grays Harbor County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort.