Seattle rock band Queensryche, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Duff McKagan’s Loaded were the musical guests for “KISW Salutes the Shield,” a benefit for the Lakewood Police Independent Guild last Saturday (Dec. 19) at the Snoqualmie Casino.
The event sponsored by KISW, 99.9 FM, raised more than $70,000 for the LPIG’s charitable fund in the wake of the shootings of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards in an ambush at a Lakewood coffee shop Nov. 29.
The event also paid tribute to Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton, killed Oct. 31 in another ambush.
“The positive response and selfless support from the KISW audience and partners has been nothing short of incredible,” KISW station manager Dave Richards said of the benefit event.
“(It) was a magical night that we’ll remember for a long time.”
A capacity crowd was treated to a powerful, emotion tribute to the slain officers. McCready opened the evening with his rendition of the National Anthem. Seattle rock band Queensryche followed with an acoustic performance.
The evening closed with a full set by McKagan and Loaded.