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Hundreds attend services for fallen Walla Walla County deputy

SPOKANE, Was, - Funeral services were held Wednesday in Spokane for a Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty earlier this month.

Deputy Michael Estes, originally from Hermeston, Oregon, grew up in the Spokane area and was a graduate of Valley Christian High School in Spokane Valley in 1982.  He died February 14 from injuries sustained in a crash a week earlier while responding to a 911 call in the town of Burbank.

Estes served in the U.S. Army for 12 years and spent two years as a Correctional Officer at the Washington State Penitentiary.  He joined the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office in 2005.  At the time of his death, he was also a member of the Oregon National Guard.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the Northwest attended Wednesday's memorial service in Spokane. 

Services began at 8:45 a.m. with a Regional Ceremonial Honor Guard saluting Deputy Estes' casket as it arrived at the Performing Arts Center by police escort.  A public viewing began at 9 a.m., while the memorial service started at 11 a.m.  At the conclusion of the service around 12:30 p.m., a formal police motorcade escorted Estes' casket to a graveside service at Spokane Memorial Gardens  on Cheney-Spokane Road.  There, a mounted patrol featured a riderless horse will greet the procession.

A bank account has been set up to receive donations to support the family of Walla Walla County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Estes. Donations will gladly be accepted at any branch of the Bank of Whitman and will be used to help the Estes family pay for funeral expenses. Donors need to simply mention the Deputy Mike Estes Memorial Fund.