Spokane, WA – Spokane Police Lieutenant Jon “JD” Anderson died unexpectedly on Friday, according to his department.
“This week our family of blue suffered a tremendous loss,” the Spokane Police Department (SPD) said in a Facebook post. “This sudden, tragic event has left a large hole in the heart of the Spokane Police Department.”
The 50-year-old lieutenant worked for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) prior to joining SPD on Sep. 11, 1992.
“In his nearly thirty years with SPD, Lt. Anderson held every rank from Officer to Lieutenant,” the SPD statement said. “JD’s life of service made a significant impact, not only within the Spokane Police Department, but reaching further into the Spokane Community and beyond.”
Lt. Anderson served as a motors officer, neighborhood resource officer, tactical unit team member, and led the SPD honor guard during his time with the department.
He also headed the agency’s Special Events Office beginning in 2012, and remained involved in planning and managing huge community events even after he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
For the past several years, Lt. Anderson has been the Assistant Manager for the department’s widely-attended Hoopfest gathering.
During his three decades of service, Lt. Anderson was awarded the Silver Star for displaying “courageous actions” that were “above and beyond that which is normally expected” of a law enforcement officer, and was also the recipient of two Chief’s Citations for his involvement in events and projects that had “a substantial positive impact on the community [and] the department,” according to the SPD statement.
He was member of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, a Responders Emergency Services Credit Union chairman, and served as Vice President of the Lieutenants and Captains Association.
Lt. Anderson leaves behind his wife, Michelle, and his daughter, Jordyn.
He is also survived by his sisters, mother, and his father, retired SPD Captain Dave Anderson.
“Our hearts go out to them as well as his extended family and the many people who hold him dear outside SPD,” the department’s post read. “Rest in Peace L126, we have the watch from here.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Spokane Police Lieutenant Jon “JD” Anderson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.