The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department formally commissioned its new patrol boat today. The vessel is named "Kent Mundell" to honor the fallen deputy.
Mundell was killed in a gunfight in 2009 with a drunken man at a home outside Eatonville.
“It was just an opportunity to have a long-lasting memorial for Kent,” said Lt. Jerry Lawrence.
Mundell never worked with the 20-member marine services unit, Lawrence said. But some in that unit are primarily assigned to the Mountain Detachment, where Mundell was based.
The 36-foot vessel has been in service since May and already has to rescues to its credit. It replaces the "Reliance," a 22-year-old patrol boat that sank in 2011 and has since been scrapped.
Most of the cost of the new, $725,000 boat was covered by Homeland Security grants in partnership with the Port of Tacoma and through recreational boat registration fees collected by Washington state.