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Former Kearse Coach: 'I Jumped Out My Chair"

When Jermaine Kearse twice spun free from tacklers and sprinted into the end zone in Super Bowl XVLII I on Sunday, it was difficult to tell who was more startled – the Denver Broncos or Dave Miller’s grandchildren.

Miller, the head football coach at Lakes High School in Lakewood, recalls how he let loose a championship yell as he watched his former player sprint to the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown, part of the Seattle Seahawks’ historic 43-8 victory.

“It was exciting. I jumped out my chair, and I yelled so loud I scared my grandchildren,” Miller told the City on Tuesday. “To see him cap it off with a touchdown in the Super Bowl, that’s something out of a Hollywood script.”

Miller was one of the many people connected to Lakewood who watched Kearse, a 2008 graduate of Lakes High, help the Seahawks capture the franchise’s first championship in 37 years.

Lakewood is one of two cities in Washington that produced a player on Seattle’s championship roster.

It has been a long journey for the speedy wide receiver. He has gone from a kid catching footballs in grade school for the Lakewood Lumberjacks to making plays at the University of Washington to wowing with his athleticism in front of millions of people with the Seahawks.

Miller recalled that Kearse was the “poster child” for heeding the lessons that coaches, teachers and his parents were taught. Even though Kearse went undrafted out of college, his high school coach knew he’d be making plays in the NFL.

“I always said even if Jermaine won the Heisman or got whatever award possible, he’d be in the weight room the next day. He just has that desire,” Miller said.

Now, his former coach, Lakes High, the Clover Park School District and the entire community of Lakewood are watching as one of their own basks in the Super Bowl limelight.

Congratulatory messages to Kearse are posted throughout Lakewood. The third-floor window of Lakewood City Hall has the following spelled out in large letters: “Go Jermaine #15.”

“It has brought a great deal of pride to the community,” Miller said of Kearse’s contribution to the Seahawks. “It’s been so much fun watching him. There’s such a tie for the kids, to see that someone who walked in their footsteps succeed, it’s just great.”

Now, Lakewood will celebrate with the rest of Seahawk Nation as the team celebrates its title.

Lakewoodians: Are you going to the championship parade Wednesday in Seattle? Share your pics on Twitter, @CityofLakewood , or e-mail them to bchampaco@cityoflakewood.us.

MLK Celebration Highlights On YouTube

The City of Lakewood has posted highlights of its 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on its YouTube channel .

The performances included music, dance and a performance by the Total Experience Gosepl Choir featuring Pastor Patrinell Wright.

To watch the video highlights, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvt46rf8cXU

Lakewood Police Show Seahawks Spirit, Gratitude

Lakewood Police showed its brand of Seattle Seahawks spirit Thursday, and it meant much more than simply hoping the team tops the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XVLIII.

Almost 50 blue-and-green-clad members of the department gathered on their front doorstep to show their support for the Hawks, who play Sunday in New Jersey for the Lombardi Trophy.

As Chief Bret Farrar explained, the outpouring of 12th Man spirit was as much gratitude as it was support. When four of Lakewood's officers were murdered in November 2009, the Seahawks organization went out of its way to welcome the department, he said.

The team brought in and honored the fallen officers' families and members of the department during a game, Farrar said.

"We thought, in return for the kindness they showed us, we would show, as a department, our support for the Seattle Seahawks," Farrar said.

Great stuff. Go Hawks.

To read and listed to KIRO Radio's story on Lakewood Police, visit http://goo.gl/TRMTIl

Lakewood Will Apply For LED-Light Grant

The City of Lakewood will apply for a grant of up to $500,000 to convert a majority of its 3,500 or so streetlights to the light emitting diode (LED) variety.

The City Council unanimously voted Monday night to apply for the Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency Grant, which awards some $25 Million in energy efficiency and solar grants to various public agencies.

The grant money would be used to convert approximately 2,000 or so of the city’s streetlights to energy efficient LEDs. That figure is about 1,000 less than the City had originally projected, but Lakewood learned recently that because the remaining lights are "leased" from Tacoma Power and Puget Sound Energy, they would not be covered by the grant.

Still, the City's Public Works Department says the potential cost savings with LED is at least worth exploring. LED's provide benefits such as:

  • Lower energy costs because the lights produce the same light level with less power
  • Lower maintenance costs because LED's can last up to seven times longer than high-pressure, sodium lights
  • Better lighting via higher light quality

If the City wins a grant and chooses to move forward with this project, it would be required financing the outstanding capital costs of about $2 million. A successful streetlight-replacement project is one in which the energy and maintenance savings over 12 years will be able to pay for the project costs.

The City will learn in a few months whether it won the grant, said Public Works Director/City Engineer Don Wickstrom.