Letter to the editor: Lynnwood officer goes above and beyond for Little League event

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Dear Editor:

I would like to share a very positive report with you about one of Lynnwood’s traffic officers.

On Saturday, April 21, Pacific Little League hosted our Opening Day celebrations at Lynndale Park. I had reached out to the Lynnwood police department to try to get some police presence there for community relations and recognition.

Traffic Officer Ryan McQuoid showed up. At first, he was under the impression that he was their for enforcement and crowd control so he was quite stern. Once I explained to him that we would like him to be with us for community relations activities, he quickly relaxed and was ready to show off his motorcycle and hand out stickers.

We had an assignment for him that was even better than that… We typically run a speed pitch activity during the day but didn’t have a radar gun. When I asked the officer if we could use his, he said sure. He not only let us use the radar gun but joined in on the fun and stood behind the fence tracking all the pitches.

He must have tracked over 300 pitches during the day!

We, as Pacific Little League, wanted to reach out and share this very positive experience with you and hope that word gets back to McQuoid that we had a lot of fun with him. The adults were very excited to see an officer participating with us in that fashion… and, how often does a kid get to pitch for a cop? What a great experience!

Thank you, Lynnwood police, for all of your support.

All the best,
Monica Wheaton
Pacific Little League Day Coordinator

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