Alaska Peace Officers help with Hoonah police memorial fund

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010

The Alaska Peace Officers Association Capital City Chapter has been continuing to aid the families of slain Hoonah Police Sergeant Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka with the sale of memorial shirts.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

"We want to do all we can," Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell said. "The amount of support from around the country still coming in is amazing."

Sell, the association's president, displayed a variety of shirts at the Juneau Public Market last weekend at the donated booth space of bead worker Beth Handley.

"Our officers all like these long-sleeved Sport-Tek breathables," Sell said holding up a sleek athletic looking black shirt. "Many are wearing these moisture-wicking turtlenecks under their uniforms."

The shirts feature the City of Hoonah Police Department logo on the left chest with the words "In Memory Of" above and "Sergeant Anthony Wallace, Officer Matthew Tokuoka, End of Watch August 29, 2010" below.

The logo is the exact match of the Alaska Police Standards Council Memorial Plaques that were displayed during the slain officers' memorial in Hoonah on Sept. 8. On the back of the shirt is a large brown bear.

Juneau's Alaskan Outdoor Wearhouse and Embroidery designed the logos and the shirts can be purchased there. All proceeds go to the families of the fallen officers.

"We have been contacted for orders from police departments statewide," Sell said. "And we have mailed them to cop shops everywhere."

Sell said the shirts have been especially coveted at the Municipal Police Academy in Fairbanks and the Alaska State Trooper Academy in Sitka.

According to Sell, JPD has also donated six patrol rifles to the Hoonah Police Department to help update their armory.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at

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