SOURCE: Washington CeaseFire

May 15, 2008 18:19 ET

Washington CeaseFire Honors Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels at Its 25th Anniversary Celebration

Annual Awards Ceremony Brings Together Members of State and Regional Governments and Citizens to Highlight Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence in Washington State

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - Washington CeaseFire (WCF), the leading advocate for greater gun safety for Washington State's families and communities, today celebrated its 25th anniversary with its Annual Awards Luncheon in Seattle.

The Luncheon, bringing together state, regional and city members of government, law enforcement leaders, community members and WCF membership, honored Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels with the Ancil Payne Civic Leader of the Year Award for his long-standing commitment to reducing firearm violence in our communities. Last December, Mayor Nickels convened a summit of statewide community members, policy-makers, law enforcement, clergy and public health officials to discuss solutions to firearm violence in Washington State.

Washington CeaseFire also honored one of its founding members, Jeanette Ashmun, with the Delores Jones Person of the Year Award for her many years of service to WCF and her commitment to reducing gun violence in Washington State.

In 2006, the most recent year for which statistics are available, Washington State recorded 539 firearm fatalities. Washington's firearm mortality rate is nearly 9 per 100,000 people -- more than twice the State Department of Health's Healthy People Goals for 2010.

"I'm encouraged to see growing support across the state for responsible gun laws," said Mayor Nickels. "But every week, Washington still experiences senseless gun violence. Firearm deaths are a needless tragedy, and we must continue our efforts and ensure our families and our communities are safe."

"Washington CeaseFire is honored to have the dedication of Mayor Greg Nickels to support a measurable reduction in the use of firearms that endanger our citizens and the law enforcement officials committed to their safety," said Kristen Comer, WCF Executive Director. "With his continued advocacy and the support of a growing number of concerned citizens throughout the state we can reduce gun violence."

About Washington CeaseFire

Washington CeaseFire (www.washingtonceasefire.org) is statewide non-profit organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in Washington State through education, research and advocacy. Formed in 1983 by a group of citizens directly affected by gun violence, Ceasefire has grown to more than 6,000 members across the state.

Contact Information

  • WCF Media Contact:
    Kristen Comer
    Executive Director
    Email Contact
    Tel: 206.322.1236

    City of Seattle Media Contact:
    Alex Fryer
    Spokesperson
    Email Contact
    Tel: 206.684.8358