Beloved School Resource Officer Stan Chapin will be memorialized by the City of Sammamish with the renaming of 233rd Avenue NE near Eastlake High School.
The Sammamish City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to ceremonially name the street Stan Chapin Way at its Feb. 13 study session.
This action is the latest in an outpouring of community remembrances for the beloved officer, who served with the King County Sheriff's office for nearly 40 years, much of it serving youth.
Though 233rd Avenue NE will have a sign erected designating it Stan Chapin Way, likely this summer when the city begins improvements to that stretch of road, residents along the avenue will retain their current addresses on 233rd Avenue NE, said city clerk Melonie Anderson.
The 61-year-old School Resource Officer at Eastlake High School and Inglewood Junior High died peacefully in his home Jan. 30. Since then, the community has , established a memorial fund in his name with the hopes of erecting a statue in his honor, and filled St. Brendan's Catholic Church in Bothell to standing-room-only capacity to bid him farewell.
Deputy Chapin was the D.A.R.E. officer for the greater eastside (Issaquah, Lake Washington and Northshore school districts). He had also served as a patrol deputy, detective, and member of the Seattle FBI’s Fugitive Apprehension Team. Last month, the City of Sammamish named him the Sammamish Police Department’s “Officer of the Year” for 2011.
He was honored by the SAMMI Awards Foundation in 2003 as its Youth Advocate of the year, for being a person who inspires and supports Sammamish youth, advocating for their interests in the community.
You can read the obituary for Deputy Chapin and view an extensive photo gallery online at Dignity Memorial.