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Lewis County Fallen Heroes Benefit Fund

Lewis County Fallen Heroes Benefit Fund, in partnership with United Way of Lewis County, have come together to offer the community the opportunity to support Office Rick Silva’s family during this difficult time. Rick served in several vital capacities with the Chehalis Police Department, including Field Training Officer, EVOC Instructor, and Detective. Officer Silva was beloved not just by his family, fellow officers and co-workers, but also by the many, many people in our community whose lives he touched.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Lewis County Fallen Heroes Benefit Fund in honor of Officer Silva can do so online by clicking the Make a Donation button below, or make a check out the United Way of Lewis County, 450 NW Pacific Avenue, Chehalis, WA 98532 with ‘Officer Rick Silva’ in the memo line and the money will be added to the Lewis County Fallen Heroes Benefit Fund and then distributed to the Silva family. The money will be passed through United Way of Lewis County with no fees.


Six years ago four Lakewood, WA police officers were murdered at the Forza Coffee Co. coffee shop in the Parkland area of Pierce County, WA.   Sadly the shooting is believed to have been a targeted attack against police officers. The four were the first Lakewood police officers to be killed in the line of duty since the department's establishment in 2004.

In response to that devastating event, the Lewis County Fallen Heroes Benefit Fund was established in Lewis County, so residents in our community could have a vehicle to donate to help the families of those four fallen officers. The Lewis County Fallen Heroes Benefit Fund is operated under a board of directors made up of The Lewis County Fire Departments, The Police Chiefs of Chehalis and Centralia,

the Lewis County, Sheriff and the Law Enforcement Association Southwest Washington.   Simply this board was put together to make decisions, in compliance with written guidelines, on who, how much, and under what circumstances benefactors should receive assistance from the fund. The fund is held and administered by the United Way of Lewis County.

Since its inception the Fallen Heroes Fund has provided assistance to the families of several fallen heroes, most recently being the late Officer Perry Royale a Morton Police Officer who died suddenly and without sufficient insurance to cover the family’s expenses. That expenditure put the fund into a dire need for replenishment by leaving our remaining balance at $35.00.

We live in a very uncertain world full of violence and never know when the next tragedy like the one in Pierce County will happen again. In our Board Meeting on February 18, 2015 it was decided that the best route to a quick infusion of funds would be to reach out to our local law enforcement associations so we can be proactive when “the next tragedy” occurs. With that in mind we request that you give generously to this fund, so we are prepared.

Your tax deductible donation may send your checks made out to the Lewis County Fallen Heroes Benefit Fund, to the United Way of Lewis County 450 NW Pacific. Chehalis, WA 98532.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call any of the Board Members and they will be happy to make a presentation or to give you further information.

Thank you for all your organizations do to protect our first responders. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Rob Snaza, Lewis County Sheriff
Bob Berg, Centralia Police Chief
Glen Schaffer, Chehalis Police & Fire Chief
Gregg Peterson, Fire Chiefs Association Representative
Mike Kytta, Riverside Fire Authority Chief
Micheal Hurley, Law Enforcement Association SW Washington