Skip to main content

Remembering Those Who Served

June 15, 2018

By Austin Paulino

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly & Austin Paulino, DOC Communications)

MONROE – During May's National Correctional Officers & Employees Week, Monroe Correctional Complex held a memorial lane dedication ceremony in remembrance of two of their own who lost their lives in the line of duty. Plant Engineer Benjamin Marshall and Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl dedicated their lives to protecting and serving their community.

Joining Superintendent Mike Obenland, were staff, community guests, and a diverse honor guard with members spanning the state and Canada. With the positive encouragement by members of the community and Department of Corrections staff, the previously unnamed road leading from 177th Avenue Southeast up to the Washington State Reformatory Unit will now be known as “Plant Engineer Benjamin Marshall-Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl Memorial Lane.”

In addition to the lane dedication, each January the city of Monroe also hosts the Jayme Biendl Memorial Run. Proceeds from the run go to the Behind the Badge Foundation, an organization honoring officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and also helping agencies and members of the community who may need support in times of loss.