Friday, July 30, 2010

Mountains for Mark - Tribute to a Fallen Friend

Just nine short months ago, on November 29, 2009, Sergeant Mark Renninger, and fellow Officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards, and Ronald Owens were killed in the line of duty at a coffee shop in Lakewood, WA. To honor Mark's memory, Chris Eline, a firefighter and Mark's childhood friend, will climb to the top of Mt. Rainier in Washington state.

Chris and fellow climber Martin Coleman will make the arduous trek up the 14,410 ft mountain, from August 14-21, 2010, not only to remember their fallen friend but also to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem, where Chris and Mark spent a considerable amount of their youth. Their goal is to raise $20,000, and currently, they are slightly over the halfway mark, at $10,800.

You can follow Chris and Martin through training and their arrival in Washington via their blog, here. To learn more information, visit

1 comment:

  1. You should check out Cops on Top. Its a great organization that has been climbing mountains all over the world in honor of fallen law enforcement officers. On May 21, 2010 a group of climbers reached the summit of Mt McKinley (Denali) in Alaska (elevation 20,320 ft) in honor of Trooper Michael Haynes of the Montana Highway Patrol.

    Check us out at or our Facebook page. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!